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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Exodus 12:1-4, [5-10], 11-14)
YAHWEH 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 YAHWEH, 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 serve to 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 always provides a substitute
- Remembrance is critical to the exercise of faith