Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Last Supper

"And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended all these words, he said to his disciples You know that after two days shall be the pasch: and the Son of man shall be delivered up to be crucified." Mathew 26:1-2

The Scriptural Rosary has highlighted verses of Scripture for me that enlightened my understanding of many things.

The 4th Luminous mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist

"And he said to them: With desire I have desired to eat this pasch with you, before I suffer. " Luke 22:15

He desired with desire to eat with them, before he suffered. This is the translation from the Duoay Rheims bible.
Jesus wanted to eat with these men, to celebrate the deliverance from Egypt, to feast with them. Why would this matter to God, who knows us as his creation and will enjoy eternity with us in heaven?

I believe this was the humanity of Our Lord. He loved the Apostles as his friends:

"I will not now call you servants: for the servant knows not what his lord does. But I have called you friends because all things, whatsoever I have heard of my Father, I have made known to you." John 15:15

To think the apostles had a friendship with Jesus like we have with our own companions and  it seems that John was treated as Jesus' little brother, for John refers to himself as the "beloved apostle".

How wonderful it must have been for Jesus to feast with his friends and then to give them his gift of himself: the Eucharist.

Praying the Bible

My sola scriptura friends, many of you refuse to pray prayers to Mary, or to any saint for that matter completely rejecting the doctrine of the communion of saints. But you read the bible.

The Bible, I think that vast majority of serious Christians would agree, is the Word of God. It is pure truth. "In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God: and the Word was God" John 1:1

"...Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women." Luke 1:28 Is it really so bad to relive this message in history. In fact is it so bad to repeat it and meditate on it? Why did God send His Angel Gabriel to Mary? Why did he say to her, "Hail full of grace." could you imagine hearing that? what if you were there and you saw this happen. Would you repeat those words? prayers should come from the heart, but to pray with your brain so your heart can live in God's word is a much more complete way of praying. Father Corapi once said that contemplation is the soul of prayer.