A LIFE OF EUCHARISTIC LOVE

April 13, 2017 – At The Chrism Mass 

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Holy Thursday – Chrism Mass

Lectionary: 260

Reading 1 IS 61:1-3A, 6A, 8B-9
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,

because the LORD has anointed me;

He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,

to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives

and release to the prisoners,

To announce a year of favor from the LORD

and a day of vindication by our God,

to comfort all who mourn;

To place on those who mourn in Zion

a diadem instead of ashes,

To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,

a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit.
You yourselves shall be named priests of the LORD,

ministers of our God shall you be called.
I will give them their recompense faithfully,

a lasting covenant I will make with them.

Their descendants shall be renowned among the nations,

and their offspring among the peoples;

All who see them shall acknowledge them

as a race the LORD has blessed.

Responsorial Psalm PS 89:21-22, 25 AND 27
R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

“I have found David, my servant;

with my holy oil I have anointed him.

That my hand may always be with him;

and that my arm may make him strong.”

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

“My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him;

and through my name shall his horn be exalted.

He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,

my God, the Rock, my savior!'”

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Reading 2 RV 1:5-8
[Grace to you and peace] from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,

the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his Blood, 

who has made us into a Kingdom, priests for his God and Father, 

to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he is coming amid the clouds,

and every eye will see him,

even those who pierced him.

All the peoples of the earth will lament him.

Yes. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, 

“the one who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Verse Before The Gospel IS 61:1 (CITED IN LK 4:18)
The Spirit of the LORD is upon me;

for he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor.
Gospel LK 4:16-21
Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, 

and went according to his custom

into the synagogue on the sabbath day.

He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.

He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me

to bring glad tidings to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives

and recovery of sight to the blind,

to let the oppressed go free,

and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,

and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.

He said to them, 

“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

REFLECTION: A LIFE OF EUCHARISTIC LOVE
 

“This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” —1 Corinthians 11:24

 

Through this book, One Bread, One Body, we encourage you to go to Mass and receive Holy Communion daily or as often as possible. By these teachings on the daily eucharistic readings, we hope to lead you not only to go to Mass but to live the Mass in your everyday life. We want to help send out into the world millions of walking tabernacles who will be light and salt (Mt 5:13-14), to permeate even our culture of death with the gospel of Jesus Christ (see Catechism, 899).
Therefore, put daily Mass “at the head” of your schedule (see Ex 12:2). Make it your top priority. Even if you have been betrayed (see 1 Cor 11:23) and sinned against, don’t let the devil rob you of your joy, the Eucharist. By God’s grace, forgive and be reconciled (see Mt 5:23-24). As you receive the Body and Blood of Jesus, “offer your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God” (Rm 12:1). Make any sacrifices necessary to receive the eucharistic Jesus daily. Some Christians throughout the world are privileged to be even martyred for their eucharistic love. Finally, worship the eucharistic Jesus in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and by washing Jesus’ feet and serving (see Jn 13:5) Him in “the least of the brethren” (Mt 25:40, our translation) in Christian community.
 

Prayer: Father, send the Holy Spirit to teach me (Rm 8:26) to pray the Mass always (see Lk 18:1).

Promise: “This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate with pilgrimage to the Lord, as a perpetual institution.” —Ex 12:14

Praise: “O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.”

Please bear with me cause the lectionary may seem not to coincide with the reflection. I will still post another Catholic daily reading in the evening to clear any misconception. Thanks.

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