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Friday, October 26, 2018

10th Station: the Last Supper



Tenth Station 

The Last Supper
Heart of Jesus gives Itself fully in the Eucharist and is heard by John as he rests his head on Jesus’ breast

We Adore you O Lord and we love You
-Because by Your Sacred Heart You have made manifest Your Love

When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles.He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passoverwith you before I suffer,for, I tell you, I shall not eat it [again] until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”Then he took a cup,gave thanks, and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves;for I tell you [that] from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you; do this in memory of me.”And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you. -Lk 22:14-20

One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved,was reclining at Jesus’ side.So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant.He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him, “Master, who is it?”Jn 13:23-25

Reflection:

The Heart of Jesus, the Flesh of the Eucharist, the desire to give Himself fully, the tenderness of the heartbeat heard by John.  This is the Last Supper.  We know from the multiple Eucharistic miracles that the Eucharist is the flesh from His Heart.  The Sacred Heart is seen both in its radical self-gift and in its gentle calling of souls. That very heart, gently beating to be unified with John as he lays his head on Jesus’ breast, is at the same time being given as food and feeling the sting of betrayal given by Judas.  In these moments Jesus’ Heart is tangible visibly in the form of bread, audibly through the ears of John, and spiritually as He conveys His ardent love for the disciples, exposing His Heart in such vulnerability in the midst of the disciples who will flee, betray, and deny Him. “Master, who is it?”  The question echoes in the hearts of all those present as they receive His Flesh for the first time.

Prayer:
Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, thank You for your Eucharistic presence, please grant us the grace to remain united to you and not turn our backs on You

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