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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Exodus 12:1-4, [5-10], 11-14)
The Lord announces the last of the plagues against Egypt. He will go through the land destroying all first-born males. The Israelites are to eat a pure lamb, putting its blood on their door to ensure that they are passed over. The event is to be celebrated annually.
Psalm (116: 1-2, 12-19)
Knowing his prayers have been heard, the grateful Psalmist realizes that the best response is to orient his entire life toward the Lord, especially in giving thanks, fulfilling his vows and lifting up the cup of salvation.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
St. Paul reminds the Corinthians that it was Jesus himself who instituted the Lord’s Supper. It is to be repeated in remembrance of his death on their behalf until he comes again.
Gospel (John 13:1-17, 31b-35)
As Passover approaches Jesus realizes that his hour to die has now come. Although returning to his Father, he will be leaving behind his beloved disciples. He washes their feet, impressing upon them that loving one another will mark them as his disciples.
- Passover, Jesus’s crucifixion, and the Lord’s Supper share profound connections
- The wages of sin is death
- Jesus fulfills not only the prophetic traditions of Israel but also its very institutions and history
- God provides a substitute
- Remembrance is critical to the exercise of faith
SCRIPTURE SENTENCE (BAS, Canada)
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 13.34
COLLECT OF THE DAY (BAS, Canada)
your Son Jesus Christ
has left to us this meal of bread and wine
in which we share his body and his blood.
May we who celebrate this sign of his great love show in our lives the fruits of his redemption; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN