“Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough, inasmuch as you are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 COR 5: 7-8)
Our Lord was born in Bethlehem – the House of Bread, and He gave Himself to us during the Last Supper as bread, and He wants us to be “the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” Our Polish Saint Albert Chmielowski used to say that we should be like bread for our brothers and sisters: “be good like bread.” We are newborn–we are cleansed because “our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.” So, “let us celebrate” our new life with joy, sincerity and true concern for the good of others.
“Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed; let us then feast with joy in the Lord.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, my love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the LORD, who has mercy on you.” (Is 54:10)
Today the Church has prepared for us nine readings: seven from the Old Testament, and two from the New Testament. Each reading stages a new version of the same story—“my love shall never leave you… says the Lord.” From Adam through Abraham to the Apostles; from Paradise through Egypt to the Holy Land—the same God’s love appears. Sometimes you are afraid that your sins are too big, your weakness so dramatic, your relations broken, your life wounded beyond repair. Not for Him: “Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, my love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken”.
“May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds” (Lucenarium)
“So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.” (Hbr 4:16)
Mercy and grace. This is God’s answer to our sins. The only condition is: “let us confidently approach the throne of grace.” He is always on His “throne of grace,” waiting for us.
“Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every other name.” (Verse before the Gospel)
“I give you a new commandment, says the Lord: love one another as I have loved you” (Verse before the Gospel)
“Love one another” is not a new commandment. “Love one another as I have loved you” – it is the new commandment. He and His love is always the point of reference. He and His love is what we focus on.
Today we celebrate the new commandment and the place where we can always find it – the Eucharist. The central point of every Mass is the very celebration of love as “I have loved you”. This gift comes to us through the priests. They could be old or young, with a nice voice or almost deaf, fantastic preachers or boring speakers, great team-builders or horrible leaders, almost perfect or far, far away from perfection, but for sure they are always His priests with the most beautiful gift – the ability to bring us closer to Him and Him – closer to us.
“This is the Body that will be given up to for you; this is the Chalice of the new covenant in my Blood, says the Lord; do this, whenever you receive it, in memory of me.” (1 Cor 11:24-25) – Communion Antiphon.
“Morning after morning He opens my ear that I may hear” (Is 50:4).
I have to hear my Lord first. Before I start to listen myself or the others. He knows how to open my ear for the right thoughts. Because He always says the truth. And He always has a message for me, the real “news of the day:” that I am His beloved daughter or son, I am important, I am His miracle, I have a mission in this world and my presence in this world is very important. Even when He shows me my sins, He does it with compassionate love and at the same moment He’s grace assists me to help me to convert. Because His truth is always based on love and never hurts. Brings healing and relief.
“Hail to you, our King; you alone are compassionate with our errors” (Verse before the Gospel).
“Six days before Passover” (Jn 12:1).
The final countdown. More important than the one before the first flight to the moon.
A lot of details: When – “six days before Passover”, where – “Jesus came to Bethany”, why – “for the day of my burial”.
My Lord’s last week doesn’t lead towards the death. It leads to the eternal life for me. To fulfill God’s love to mankind.
“Hail to you, our King; you alone are compassionate with our faults”. (Verse before the Gospel)