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CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE THE EUCHARIST IS A MEMORIAL OF THE LAST SUPPER


THE LAST SUPPER IS TIMELESS


The Last Supper happened nearly 2,000 years


ago. The Eucharist is a memorial of the Last Supper. Since Jesus was sent by the Father, his actions have a timeless effect. When we attend the Eucharist today we take part in the continuing Last Supper.


THE FIRST


EUCHARIST WAS A MEAL OF


CELEBRATION Lk 22: 14-20


The first Eucharist was a meal. The Apostles and most like others, had gathered around Jesus to celebrate the Passover with him. Jesus had looked forward to this meal. It was to be his last with his


Apostles and followers until they gathered together again in his Father’s presence for the heavenly feast. The spirit of the meal was one of celebration. Jesus, his Apostles, and followers were celebrating the saving power of God among the Jewish people. They were “remembering” that God had saved the people from slavery.


JESUS’ BODY AND BLOOD WAS THE NEW PASSOVER


Jesus changed the meaning of the Passover celebration at the Last Supper. He took the bread


and said, “This is my Body which is given for you.” And he took the wine and said, “This is my blood, the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven.” Jesus gave his body and blood as the new Passover event. Those who take part in the body and blood of Jesus are no longer subject to slavery of any kind. They are free to dance in the presence of God!


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