As we begin the final weeks of the Easter Season, Saint John frames our experience around the Eucharistic Table of the Lord Jesus. The Gospel of this day (John15:9-17) is taken from the “Farewell Discourse” which took place within the context of the Last Supper. Reminding us that “true love” is manifested in the ability (and desire) of laying down one’s life; there is no greater love than this. In the Eucharist we find the courage and the strength to do what Jesus has done and what he commands of us to do. The Eucharist is the enduring “fruit of the tree of the Cross.” It nourishes and sustains us until that great day of Resurrection and reward when he appears again in glory and majesty!
Lord our God, in the celebration of the Eucharist we come into the presence of Jesus Christ, your Son, born of the Virgin Mary and crucified for our salvation. May our participation in this sacrament of His Body and Blood help us to experience this gift of redemption and the peace of the Kingdom where He lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
Next Sunday we will observe the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. As such Thursday is not a day of obligation.
Happy Easter everyone!
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!