by Archbishop George Stack
The drama of these three days opens with the sacramental sign which defines our religion. The Word of God made Flesh speaks a definitive word on the night before the sacrifice of his death. “This is my Body given for you. This is my Blood poured out for you. Do this in memory of me”.
“When this Word speaks, then something substantial and new is brought into existence. From his words in the Upper Room, to his Word dwelling richly in our hearts, the new commandment from which this day takes its name, springs into being. So, too, does the new reality of our communion with him physically in his body and blood. There is on this day, therefore, a renewal of incarnation, an opening out of its fuller meaning. The body and blood he took for our sakes, woven in Mary’s womb, is shared with us as he shares our nature, extended through us, so that we too are Christ’s Body. Amazingly and wonderfully, he who took our human nature shares with us his divine nature”.
Here is the source of every sacrament,
The all transforming presence of the Lord,
Replenishing our every element,
Remaking us in his creative Word.
For here the earth herself gives bread and wine,
The air delights to bear his Spirit’s speech,
The fire dances where the candles shine,
The waters cleanse us with his gentle touch.
And here he shows the full extent of love
To us who love is always incomplete,
In vain we search the heavens high above,
The God of love is kneeling at our feet.
Though we betray him, though it is the night,
He meets us here and loves us into light.