Daily Gospel – Thursday, May 30, 2024 – Mark 14,12-16,22-26 – Catholic Bible

First Reading (Exodus 24:3-8)

Reading of the Book of Exodus.

In those days, Moses came and conveyed to the people all the words of the Lord and all the decrees. The people responded in chorus, “We will do everything the Lord has told us.” Then Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. Rising the next morning, he erected at the foot of the mountain an altar and twelve stone markers for the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he ordered some young Israelites to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice bulls as peace offerings to the Lord. Moses took half of the blood and put it in jars, and poured the other half on the altar. He then took the book of the covenant and read it aloud to the people, who responded: “We will do everything the Lord has said and we will obey him.” Then Moses, with the separated blood, sprinkled it on the people, saying: “This is the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has made with you, according to all these words.”

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Second Reading (Hebrews 9,11-15)

Reading of the Letter to the Hebrews.

Brothers: Christ came as high priest of future goods. Through a larger and more perfect tent, which is not the work of human hands, that is, which is not part of this creation, and not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, he entered the Sanctuary once for all, obtaining eternal redemption. In fact, if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of heifers spread over impure beings sanctifies them and brings about the ritual purity of their bodies, how much more will the Blood of Christ purify our conscience from dead works, so that we can serve God? alive, therefore, by virtue of the eternal spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a spotless victim. Therefore, he is the mediator of a new alliance. By his death he made amends for the transgressions committed in the course of the first covenant. And so those who are called
receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Gospel (Mark 14,12-16,22-26)

— PROCLAMATION of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark.

— Glory to you, Lord.

On the first day of Unleavened Food, when the Passover lamb was being sacrificed, the disciples said to Jesus: “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” Jesus then sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city. A man carrying a jar of water will come to meet you. Follow him and say to the owner of the house he enters: ‘The Master says, where is the room in which I will eat Easter with my disciples?’ Then he will show you, upstairs, a large room, arranged with cushions. There you will make preparations for us!” The disciples left and went to the city. They found everything as Jesus had said, and prepared the Passover. While they were eating, Jesus took bread and, having pronounced the blessing, broke it and handed it to them, saying: “Take, this is my body”. Then he took the cup, gave thanks, handed it to them, and they all drank from it. Jesus said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is shed for many. Truly I tell you, I will no longer drink the fruit of the vine until the day I drink new wine in the kingdom of God “. After singing the hymn, they went to the Mount of Olives.

— Word of Salvation.

— Glory to you, Lord.

Reflecting the Word of God

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we gather to reflect on a theme central to our faith: the Covenant. In today’s readings, from the book of Exodus, the letter to the Hebrews and the Gospel of Mark, we find the depth and beauty of the Covenant that God made with us, culminating in the sacrifice of Christ and the institution of the Eucharist. Let’s dive into these passages and discover how they connect to our daily lives, guiding us to live in accordance with this Covenant of love and redemption.

In the first reading, from the book of Exodus, we see Moses acting as mediator between God and the people of Israel. Moses narrates all the words and commandments of the Lord to the people, and they unanimously respond: “We will do everything that the Lord has spoken.” Moses then builds an altar and sacrifices bulls as peace offerings to the Lord. He takes half of the blood and puts it in basins, and the other half sprinkles it on the altar. Afterwards, he reads the Book of the Covenant to the people, who again promise to obey the Lord. Moses then sprinkles the people with the blood, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you, according to all these words.”

This passage shows us the seriousness and solemnity of the Covenant between God and Israel. The sprinkled blood symbolizes life, commitment and purification. Through this act, the people of Israel commit to living according to God’s will, a covenant sealed with blood, which unites God and His people in a relationship of mutual fidelity.

In the second reading, from the letter to the Hebrews, we are presented with a new understanding of the Covenant. The author tells us about Christ as the High Priest of the good things to come. He entered the sanctuary not with the blood of goats and bulls, but with His own blood, achieving eternal redemption. Christ’s sacrifice is superior to the ancient sacrifices because, through His own blood, He purifies our consciences from dead works to serve the living God.

Here we see the transformation of the Alliance. Christ is the mediator of a new Covenant, sealed with His own blood, which offers us not only external purification, but internal and eternal transformation. Through His sacrifice, He invites us into a deep, personal relationship with God, freeing us from sin and calling us to live in holiness.

In the Gospel of Mark, we find the account of the Last Supper. Jesus, knowing that His time was coming, celebrates Easter with His disciples. During the meal, He takes bread, blesses it, breaks it and gives it to the disciples, saying: “Take, this is my body.” Then He takes the cup, gives thanks and gives it to them, and they all drink from it. He says, “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.”

At this solemn moment, Jesus institutes the Eucharist, the central sacrament of our faith. He transforms the bread and wine into His Body and Blood, offering Himself as the perfect sacrifice. The Eucharist is the realization of the new Covenant announced by Jeremiah and realized in Christ’s sacrifice. Each time we participate in the Eucharist, we are invited to enter more deeply into this Covenant, receiving the Body and Blood of Christ that nourish us spiritually and unite us with God and one another.

Now, let’s reflect on how these readings apply to our daily lives. Firstly, the Covenant calls us to obedience and fidelity. Just as the Israelites promised to obey the Lord, we are called to live according to God’s commandments, follow Christ’s teachings, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us on our journey of faith. This means loving God above all else and loving our neighbors as ourselves, living a life of integrity, compassion and justice.

Secondly, the Covenant calls us to inner transformation. Christ’s sacrifice purifies our consciences from dead works and enables us to serve the living God. We are called to turn from sin and embrace a new life in Christ, letting His love transform our hearts and minds. This requires an ongoing commitment to prayer, reading the Word of God, and participating in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.

Third, the Alliance calls us into community. The Eucharist is a sacrament of unity, which unites us to Christ and to each other as one body. We are called to live in communion, supporting each other in our struggles and joys, and working together to build the Kingdom of God here on earth. This involves serving those in need, defending justice and peace, and being witnesses to the love of Christ in our families, communities, and the world.

To illustrate these points, let’s think about the metaphor of a vine and its branches, as Jesus taught us in John 15. Just as the branches are connected to the vine and receive from it the sap that gives them life, we too must be united to Christ, the true vine, to receive from Him the grace and strength to live according to the Covenant. If we abide in Him, we will bear abundant fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. But if we separate ourselves from Him, we will wither and become unfruitful.

Let us now take a moment of silence to reflect on how we can deepen our commitment to God’s Covenant in our lives. Let us close our eyes and ask God to reveal to us areas where we need transformation, greater obedience and more community love.

Lord, we thank You for today’s lessons. Help us to live according to Your Covenant, to use our gifts and resources for the good of others and to always remain united with You. May we be witnesses of Your love and Your grace in all areas of our lives. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, as we leave here today, let us take with us the hope and determination to live as true followers of Christ. May God’s grace accompany us and may we be instruments of His peace and love in the world. Remember, we are called to be light and salt – let us shine and flavor the world with the goodness, justice and love of God. Amen.