Mk 14: 12-16, 22-26

On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

God who longs to be close to us

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, shared his experience of a Eucharistic miracle that propelled him into religious life. He was a young medical student investigating miracles at Lourdes. During a Eucharistic procession, the bishop holding the monstrance walked in front of a boy whose body was contorted and stiffened for many years due to polio.  The bishop blessed him with the consecrated host, and immediately the boy was cured. He extended his limbs and stood up.  Fr. Arrupe remarked: “I was filled with an immense joy. I seemed to be standing by the side of Jesus; and as I sensed his almighty power, the world that stood around me began to appear extremely small.”  Three months later, young Pedro left medical school and joined the Jesuits.

In the Eucharist, we encounter the God who wants to be so intimate with us that he comes daily to us in the form of the most simple of foods. What is our response to the God who longs to be this close to us?

—Fr. Quang D. Tran, SJ, is a Jesuit of the Central and Southern Province.  He is currently a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Boston College



O unfathomable depth!
O Deity eternal! O deep ocean!
What more could You give me than to give me Yourself?

—St. Catherine of Siena