Wednesday of Holy Week



Wednesday of Holy Week April 17, 2019 

WORD of the DAY  

Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?

 (Mt 26: 17-18)


How shall I live this Word?

It seems a thoughtful request, but it hides a lot of dullness. The apostles think of preparing Easter for themselves and they have no idea that Easter is preparing Jesus for them. They also think of doing a favor, a service to Him.  Easter is His, not to be done together.  As if the years spent with Him had not built their sense of community.

But that phrase could also reveal other meanings.  Easter is only of Jesus, because He will be the immolated lamb. In this case, the apostles are unconsciously declaring themselves those who go to prepare the sacrifice, not just the rite. They are readying the victim. Dramatically all is true. Unawareness, misunderstanding are mixed with disappointment, distrust, sadness, and prepare the death of Jesus.  It is as if in those gestures and in those emotions all the refusals, the betrayals, the sins of a whole story were condensed!

Everything, however, is being organized so that the final and complete revelation of Jesus may take place.

Lord, Your death seems to be the consequence of our rejection.  You invited us to Your Easter.  You put Yourself at our service; You washed our feet; You prepared the table.  Thus, You bore the refusal and transformed it into new life.  It is a life that passes through death.  You let Yourself be killed, but You will rise!  Forever!

 THE VOICE OF the Community of Taizé

 Lord Jesus Christ, Your light shines in us.

Do not allow that my doubts and my darkness speak to me.

Lord Jesus Christ, Your light shines in us.

Grant that my heart may always receive Your love.


Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy

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