The Perfect Servitude of the Eucharist
Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper
April 14, 2022 •
. . . the profound humility of Christ. He came not to be served but to serve. That mystery is most perfectly revealed in the Eucharist. There is no more humble expression, that He came to become our very food.
. . . The perfect servitude of the Eucharist, that Jesus becomes food for us.
One of the wise proverbs of Solomon tells us this: When you go to your neighbor's house and they provide a meal for you, pay close attention to the food that is provided, because when you reach out to take some, you will be required to make a similar gift in return.
The Fathers of the Church tell us, this is referring to the Eucharistic meal. You come before the Lord to eat at His house, at His table. And Solomon warns you: pay close attention to the type of meal you are being fed, because the One Who gave you this meal will expect a similar one in return.
As Jesus has humbled Himself in service for you, He tells us very clearly that we must humble ourselves in service for one another. . . .
The Eucharist is the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ. It's the whole gift that Christ gives to His Bride the Church. And it's this gift that you receive every time that you commune with the Body of the Lord.
It is this gift that our Lord expects back from you.
Every time you encounter a situation - especially with family - in which they are trying to crucify you, for one reason or another, whether you deserve it or not, our Lord has shown you how He expects you to respond. . . .
There is no way we can die like Christ without the gift of his grace. That's why He gives it first.
Ex 12:1-8, 11-14; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Jn 13:1-15
Homily begins at 24:05