Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wednesday of Holy Week: "I gave my back to those who beat me"

"Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me."
--Mt 26:14-25

Jesus gave the supreme expression of his free offering of himself at the meal shared with the twelve Apostles "on the night he was betrayed". On the eve of his Passion, while still free, Jesus transformed this Last Supper with the apostles into the memorial of his voluntary offering to the Father for the salvation of men: "This is my body which is given for you." "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."
-- CCC 610

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