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<< Thursday, April 13, 2006 >> Holy Thursday
 
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

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Psalm 116
John 13:1-15

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THE SACRAMENT OF HUMILITY

 
"This is My body, Which is for you." —1 Corinthians 11:24
 

Jesus "humbled Himself" (Phil 2:8). He emptied Himself of the glory He shared with the Father in heaven (Jn 17:5). He stooped down to caress and wash the sandaled, road-dusty feet of those who would shortly abandon, betray, and deny Him (Jn 13:5). He set aside His glory and took on the appearance of bread and wine to become one body with us. In His eucharistic body, given for us (1 Cor 11:24), He humbly became one with us who have participated in crucifying Him through our sins (Catechism, 598). He became even more humble by greatly and gladly desiring to do all these things (Lk 22:15) for us, His beloved.

Jesus said: "What I just did was to give you an example: as I have done, so you must do" (Jn 13:15). This is impossible for us in our proud humanity. So Jesus gives us Himself in the Eucharist in the humble form of bread and wine. He commands us: "Take this and eat it...this is My body" (Mt 26:26). When we "eat this bread and drink this cup" (1 Cor 11:26), we "carry about in our bodies the dying" and the humility and the love of Jesus (2 Cor 4:10). We die to ourselves and let Him live in us (Gal 2:19-20). Jesus lives in us and we in Him (Jn 6:56; 17:23).

When you receive Jesus' eucharistic body and blood at Mass today, receive His humility. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord (1 Pt 5:6), and receive the total humility of the greatest Lover.

 
Prayer: Jesus, You gave Your body for me. I give my body to You.
Promise: "How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me? The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of the Lord." —Ps 116:12-13
Praise: "O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine."
 
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†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 27, 2005.
 
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