Today’s video offers a brief and condensed explanation of Holy Week, a time in the liturgical calendar very rich in meaning and symbols. It is important that we continue to deepen in the meaning and the reality that lie behind these symbols. This Holy Week, we are invited to participate with our whole being: mind, heart, and body. This means that we must first seek to continually improve our understanding of these mysteries. Then, allowing our hearts to be awoken and transformed by the love that they announce, we must welcome the impulse that this provides and go out sharing and living in the world as Christ did.
“Do this in memory of me.” Luke 22:19 NRS
In this, his command to his disciples, what does Jesus want us to do? “This” points to his entrance to Jerusalem where Jesus accomplished his Paschal Mystery – his passion, his death and his resurrection. From Caesarea Philippi, Jesus began to teach his disciples about his identity and mission, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31 NRS, and again in 9:31 and 10:33-34). In Jesus, word and action go together: he brings to fulfillment both the promises of the Old Testament and his own words.
In as much as his Paschal Mystery is celebrated in the context of the Passover (see Exodus 12:43ff), then the celebration has a specific context, that of a meal and that of a sacrifice. As a meal, we hear Jesus giving Peter and John this instruction, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it” (Luke 22:8 NRS), and at table, Jesus shared with his disciples “a loaf of bread” (Luke 22:19 NRS) and “a cup” (Luke 22:17 NRS).
And mingled with the meal is its sacrificial nature, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God” (Luke 22:15-16 NRS). The bread Jesus offered them at the meal would be his body on the cross: “Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you’” (Luke 22:19 NRS). The cup Jesus offered them at the meal would be his blood shed on the cross: “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood” (Luke 22:20 NRS).
“Do this in memory of me.” Luke 22:19 NRS
In Jesus, the Passover meal and sacrifice takes on a new and radical meaning for the Lamb of God is Jesus Christ: “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29 NRS). Moreover, not only is he the Lamb of God, Jesus too is the High Priest, who alone is “holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens” (Hebrews 7:26 NRS). With Jesus, we need not use another animal for sacrifice: he is the perfect sacrificial lamb, and we need not appoint another high priest: all priesthood shares in his one priesthood – Jesus alone mediates between God and man. Therefore, it is his sacrifice and it is his mediation that we as his Church do in our act of remembering.
“Do this in memory of me.” Luke 22:19 NRS
The event of Jesus’ last Passover meal and his sacrifice on Calvary is unique and cannot be repeated: “this he did once for all when he offered himself” (Hebrews 7:27 NRS). Then why do we, Catholics, celebrate the mass every day and obligate ourselves to active participation in the Sunday Eucharist? Simple response: that we pray the very words of Jesus, “Do this in memory of me” in every Eucharistic Prayer at Mass signifies not the repetition of the meal and sacrifice but a remembering, a re-presentation – a making present, in the here and now, what happened, once for all, two thousand years ago, in the Upper Room and on Calvary.
And paying attention to these words of consecration in the Third Eucharistic Prayer:
“Look we pray, upon the oblation of your Church and, recognizing the sacrificial victim by whose death you willed to reconcile us to yourself, grant that we, who are nourished by the Body and Blood of your Son and filled with his Holy Spirit, may become one body, one spirit in Christ,”
we realize the profound truth in the phrase, “the Eucharist makes the Church.” That we eat the Body of Jesus and drink his Blood continually transforms and makes us the new people of God redeemed by His Son in the Holy Spirit. Therefore, no other gathering outside the mass, however powerful the praying be – individual or communal – can do what takes place at mass.
In fidelity to these words of Jesus and what he handed on to the Apostles, and to what the Apostles faithfully transmitted to the successive generations of Christians, may we, present-day disciples, continually celebrate the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking for the bread and the prayers… Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved” Acts 2:42, 46-47 NRS.
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Are you looking for a way to end Lent on a great note and welcome the Easter season with Joy? The Lanky Guys will take us on a journey through Holy Week, unpacking the Scriptures and walking with us along the steps of the Apostles to see what they saw. Even for those of us who have a hard time opening the bible because we are overwhelmed, this format is a great way to understand scripture in a way that invites us to dive deeper into the Word of God.
With great insight into context and historical application of the scriptures, the Lanky Guys will explain the profound journey of this very important and holy week leading up to the triumph of Easter. Looking at What went right and what went wrong (…or was it what went wrong then what went right?!)… knowing these details will help you personally and on a practical level, by explaining the connections and implications in scripture that are timeless and universal!
The Lanky Guys have an awesome podcast called The Word on The Hill. The podcast goes over the weekly Sunday scriptures and gives context and profound insight into the meaning and connections of the readings. This podcast is not only smart and spiritually uplifting, it is funny! These guys make me laugh out loud every episode! Watching the video for the conference will make you wish that the audio podcast was video!
Dr. Scott Powell is a teacher and Director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought, an outreach to the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is also an adjunct professor at Denver’s Augustine Institute and has spent the last decade teaching Theology and the Scriptures to groups of all ages. He and his wife Annie are the directors and founders of Camp Wojtyla, a Catholic adventure program for youth, based in the Colorado Rockies. Scott also co-hosts and produces the popular Catholic podcast, “The Word on the Hill with the Lanky Guys.” He holds a PhD in Catholic Studies from Maryvale Institute/Liverpool Hope University in England. Scott, his wife Annie, and two children, Lily Avila and Samuel Isaac, live near Boulder, Colorado.
Father Peter Mussett is pastor of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center, which serves the University of Colorado at Boulder. Fr Peter was ordained in 2006 in the Diocese of Denver, Colorado. “My great joy is people in communion with God and with each other. This communion is my sole occupation in life. I am deeply privileged to do that here in Boulder Colorado at CU. My commitment along with my staff here is to facilitate loving God above all things, and our neighbors as we would love our selves. This journey is arduous, I pray that The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center can be a harbor in that storm and a second home to you.”
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