Dear Family of Mary!
Today we enter into the Holy Triduum of the Church. It is the three holy days during which we commemorate and meditate upon the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Today, Holy Thursday, we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. This is that sacred moment when Jesus gave us Himself in the Blessed Sacrament and instituted the priesthood. Just before He suffered and died, He gave Himself to us in the miraculous way, under the form of bread and wine. And we have been offered this same Jesus, at every Holy Mass, down to this very day.
We cannot fathom the power and mystery of the Blessed Sacrament. It is beyond our every imagining. Fr. Leon gave a homily on April 16, 2019, Tuesday of Holy Week, in which he spoke very clearly about the power and mystery of the Blessed Sacrament. Denis and I have transcribed the homily so that we can ponder it on this holy day. It will help us to prepare for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, and maybe for every Holy Mass we attend here after!
English Mass homily in Medjugorje by Fr. Leon….Tuesday, April 16, 2019:
God is God. He is wild and free. We cannot presume upon Him, is what they mean. Now how does this work? In our time we are so used to thinking: “You know, God is mercy. All are welcomed, etc.” But we forget: God is mercy and God is justice. Mercy and justice are the same thing in God. All are welcomed – on God’s terms!
And here…this is the kind of thing that no priest or bishop wants to preach on – the unpopular stuff. But I have to tell you the truth. When we talk about the Eucharist, Holy Communion, as medicine, remember that some medicines are too strong. If you were too weak, for example, and you had cancer, you could not receive chemotherapy. Chemotherapy would kill you. Jesus is this kind of medicine. If you were too weak, He would kill you.
This is not me speaking, this is the Bible. The 1st Letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 11: “Do not eat or drink without discerning the Body and Blood of Our Lord. Some of you have done so and that is why you are sick, and some have died.” So, if we approach the Eucharist without actually going to Confession first – if we have serious sins on our soul – the Eucharist kills us. How does it kill us? It hardens our hearts. It makes us stronger in our sin and more reluctant to confess, more reluctant to repent. This is what Jesus does. Jesus is not a tame beast.
And we see this happening in the Gospel that we just heard. What happens? Jesus takes the morsel, the Eucharist, and he says, “It is the one to whom I give it.” He gives it to Judas and you heard it: “And Judas took the morsel and Satan entered into him.” Satan entered into him because Judas was in sin. And he did not want to confess, did not want to repent, and he received the Eucharist. And then it says, “Judas took the morsel and left at once, and it was night.”
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!
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Thank you Fr. Leon, for always speaking the truth in love. We will thank you for all eternity!
Our Lady has been teaching us how to approach Jesus, her Son, in the Blessed Sacrament. When Denis first entered St. James Church, on his first pilgrimage to Medjugorje in October, 1986, pinned on the door of the church was a faint mimeographed message Our Lady had just give to the prayer group….though it was never published, Vicka confirmed it’s authenticity:
“If the average Catholic would take a little longer before recieveing Holy Communion, preparing their hearts… and then spend a little longer afterwards talking to Jesus, thanking Him, they would experience many more miracles in their lives and there would be less sickness among them.” (October, 1986, Our Lady to the prayer group)
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2019
PS. The Mary TV live-streaming schedule for the channel will be altered a little bit over the Triduum and Easter Sunday. Here is the schedule for this Easter weekend (all times are Medjugorje time):
Holy Thursday: April 18
4:00 pm – Daily Rosary
2:00 pm – Parish climb up Cross Mountain (will be recorded)
There is no parish climb up Apparition Hill on this Sunday