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April 11, 2006

For Wednesday of Holy Week

Matthew 26:14-25

In the Gospel today we witness two sets of preparations.
Both sets of preparations involve slavery.
First:  Judas Iscariot arranges to hand Christ over to the chief priests for the price of a slave— thirty silver coins.
Second:  Christ sends disciples to make ready the ancient Passover supper, his last supper.
The ancient Passover celebrates God freeing his Israelite people from slavery in Egypt.
Christ has come now to make a new Passover:  to free the whole human race from the slavery of sin.
To do that, Christ chose to undergo the misery of a slave, a sinner, a condemned criminal.
Dying the death of all the human race, Christ carried all the human race and its sinful guilt— he carried it all in himself to the cross, unto death.
Making the new Passover, Christ carried the human race in himself, passing into death, passing over into the resurrection.
He carried the whole human race, ascending into the resurrection and the home of God himself.
He offers us this new Passover.
He offers it to us as food and drink:  his body and his blood.
To agree to the new Passover by eating and drinking his body and his blood, we must also go through the Passover, we must “pass over”— working with Christ to leave sin behind, working with him to rise into the gift that God has opened up for us.
Otherwise we waste the Eucharistic Passover that he gives us, and we continue to throw ourselves into slavery.

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(Today’s Preface for the Liturgy of the Eucharist)

Father, all powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The days of his life-giving death and glorious resurrection are approaching.
This is the hour when he triumphed over Satan’s pride,
the time when we celebrate the great event of our redemption.

Through Christ the angels of heaven offer their prayer of adoration as they rejoice in your presence for ever. May our voices be one with theirs in their triumphant hymn of praise: Holy, holy, holy….

That God Be Glorified in All


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