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Foot Washing Is Only the Beginning

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Fr Joseph Pellegrino - published on 04/02/15

The one liturgy of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, focuses on the paschal mystery of the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. We reenact these events in our services, watching with Christ at the Garden of Olives, unveiling a Cross and venerating it as we put ourselves on Calvary, and rejoicing with Mary Magdeline and the disciples as we join them in celebrating the Risen Lord. But our religion is not a spectator sport. Nor do we just recall what took place. We are part of what took place. We are united to the Paschal Mystery through our union in the Body and Blood of Christ. Christ inside of us is still saying at that meal, “Take and Eat.” Christ inside of us is still saying at that meal, “This is the new covenant, the new relationship with God and with each other,” Christ inside of us is still saying from the cross, “I thirst.” Christ inside of us is saying on Easter Sunday, “Receive the New Life, my Life.”

We will never fully understand the Eucharist. After all, it is a mystery. But the more we reflect on this gift, the more we approach a realization of the depth of God’s love for us. Who are we to receive such a gift? We are the people whom God loves.

Fr. Joseph Pelligrino
is a priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida and pastor of St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church in Tarpon Springs. This article was originally published on Catholic Journal and is reprinted here with permission.

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