Forty Days to Walk with God

walkwithGod copy“In the forty days of the preparation for Easter, we endeavor to get away from the heathenism that weighs us down, that is always driving us away from God, and we set off toward him once again. So, too, at the beginning of the Eucharist, in the confession of sin, we are always trying to take up this path again, to set out, to go to the mountain of God’s word and God’s presence…  We must learn that it is only in the silent, barely noticeable things that what is great takes place, that man becomes God’s image and the world once more becomes the radiance of God’s glory. Let us ask the Lord to give us a receptivity to his gentle presence; let us ask him to help us not to be so deafened and desensitized by this world’s loud outcry that our receptivity fails to register him. Let us ask him that we may hear his quiet voice, go with him, and be of service together with him and in his way, so that his kingdom may become present in this world… We imitate God, we live by God, like God, by entering into Christ’s manner of life. He has climbed down from his divine being and became one of us; he has given himself and does and does so continually… It is by these little daily virtues, again and again, that we step out of our bitterness, our anger toward others, our refusal to accept the other’s otherness; by them, again and again, we open up to each other in forgiveness. This “littleness” is the concrete form of our being like Christ and living like God, imitating God; he has given himself to us so that we can give ourselves to him and to one another.”
 
– Pope Benedict XVI, Many Religions – One Covenant, Israel, the Church and the World, p. 81, 82-83, 87
 
Let us Pray:
Prompt our actions with your inspiration, we pray, O Lord,
and further them with your constant help,
that all we do may always begin from you,
and by you be brought to completion.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
– Amen.
Collect, Thursday after Ash Wednesday
 

The Last Supper – Are we Ready?

As we enter into the Triduum, the final preparation for the Easter Resurrection, we walk closely with Christ. We begin tonight with the Mass of the Last Supper of the Lord, recalling the gift of the Christ Himself in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

The Song is ‘O Sacrum Convivium’, based on the words of Saint Thomas Aquinas (arranged by Thomas Tallis):

O sacrum convivium!
in quo Christus sumitur:
recolitur memoria
passionis ejus
mens impletur gratia
et futurae gloriae
nobis pignus datur
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
O sacred banquet!
in which Christ is received,
the memory
of his Passion is renewed,
the mind is filled with grace,
and a pledge of future glory
to us is given.
Alleluia.

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Let us reflect on this great gift, that strengthens us, that we may walk closely with Christ, and grow to imitate Him through our love for one another.

Blessed Triduum.

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UPDATE: In his homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper, Pope Benedict asks us, “Do we really desire him? Are we anxious to meet him? Do we desire to encounter him, to become one with him, to receive the gifts he offers us in the Holy Eucharist?”

Father Zuhlsdorf gives his commentary to the Pope’s homily here.