Scripture Study Reflection Question - The Institution of the Eucharist

The Gospels contain many accounts of Jesus sharing meals with His followers and others (for example, see Mark 6:34-44; 14:3-9; Luke 7:36; 10:38-42).  Why do you suppose Jesus waited until the final hours of His life to identify himself with the food that was being shared?


Kathy Emrich  |  United States  |  October 19, 2014  |  9:20 PM

Jesus waited until the final hours of his life to identify himself with the food that was being shared because Jesus is always in control of "His hour" and his revelation.  It would make perfect sense for him to wait until the final hours of his life to reveal himself in the Eucharist since the Last Supper in which He institutes the Eucharist is the defining moment and culmination of all the meals that preceded it and is the foundational event that will define all the Eucharistic meals that will follow it. 

Throughout Scripture, there is always a gradual revelation of Jesus’ message and a clearly defined audience for which is was intended.  In Scripture, we hear that some meals are large – attended by 5,000 and some were small, some were attended by great sinners, some were attended by only the Pharisee’s - the religious authorities of the time.  Some are inclusive – meant for the general population, and one in particular, the Last Supper, had only “the twelve” present. 

Jesus always is in control of “his Hour”, whether it’s the sacrificial hour of his death on the cross or the sacramental hour of his gift of himself to us as Eucharist in the liturgy.  


Angela Magenta  |  Class (Mysteries of the Rosary)  |  October 17, 2014  |  2:06 PM

Jesus shared meals with apostles all the time, but this time was different. Jesus sent Peter and John into the city to prepare for the Passover. He told them he will find a man carrying a pitcher of water, follow him into the house he enters, and they did. Jesus also told them, after you enter the house ask the master where is the room our teacher can use to eat the Passover with us, and so they did. The master showed them a large room upstairs, which Jesus also told them they would find. There they prepared for Passover.

Passover remembers the deliverance of Israel from Egypt which was the central act of redemption in the Old Testament. Jesus was now providing a NEW center of redemption to be remembered forever by a NEW ceremonial meal.

Jesus wanted to eat his meal with his desciples for the last time because after this he will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God. So, the took the cup, gave thanks, etc, etc. "I will not drink the fruit of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes." He took the bread, etc, etc. Bread of affliction for their forefathers. Bitter herbs recalled the bitterness of slavery. Salt water for the tear's shed under Egypt's oppression, and the lamb that was a sin-bearing sacrifice that allowed God to "Passover" the household who believed.

PS Monsignor have you ever read "Killing Jesus" by Bill O'Reily? Just asking? Have a great, blessed day! See you soon!


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