Mysteries of Light - Thursday


Matthew 26:26-30 

The Lord's Supper Instituted

(Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:14-23; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

26 And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat. This is my body. 27 And taking the chalice, he gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this. 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins. 29 And I say to you, I will not drink from henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father.

30 And a hymn being said, they went out unto mount Olivet.

In this Mystery, Christ reveals to us how He will remain with His Church until the end of the ages (Matt 28:20). Whilst the Fourth Luminous Mystery is about Christ unveiling His glory, this Fifth Mystery is about Christ continuing to dwell amongst His people with His glory veiled under the appearance of bread and wine. 

The Luminous Mysteries really come to a climax in the Fifth Luminous Mystery, because the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. Ultimately, this Mystery is about faith.
If we believe that Jesus turned water into wine, as we have already seen in the Second Luminous Mystery, then it shouldn’t be hard for us to believe that He can turn wine into His own Blood. 

If it is by faith that we believe that the world was framed by the word of God (Heb 11:3), then it is by faith that we believe the words of Institution change the substance of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. If God says “Let there be light”, then there is light. In the same way, if God says “This is my Body” – then the bread that He holds becomes, by the word of God, His very Body.
As we meditate upon this Mystery, we are called to increase our faith in our Eucharistic Lord, who gives His flesh for the life of the world (Jn 6:51). And for all those who worthily share in the communion of the Lord’s Body and Blood, He assures that they will have eternal life (Jn 6:54) – because He is Life.

Our Father

1. Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father, except through me."
(Jn 14:6)  - Hail Mary....

2. "...Whoever has seen me has seen the Father"  (Jn 14:9)  - Hail Mary....

3. "And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."  (Jn 14:13)
Hail Mary....

4. "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you."  (Jn 14:27)  - Hail Mary....

5. "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower."  (Jn 15:1)  - Hail Mary....

6. "If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; just as I have kept my Father's 
commandments, and remain in his love."  (Jn 15:10)  -
 Hail Mary....

7. "This I command you, love one another."  (Jn 15:17)  - Hail Mary....

8. And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to his disciples and said, "Take and 
eat; this is my body."  (Mat 26:26)  - Hail Mary....

9. Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, "Drink from it all of you."  (Mat 26:27)
Hail Mary....

10. "For this is my blood of the covenant, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins."  (Mat 26:28)
Hail Mary....

Glory be to the Father.

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins..


The Eucharist is the greatest gift given to man… and probably one of the least appreciated. In this Last Supper—a supper that the disciples do not fully realize will be their last—Jesus opens his heart with such a deep yearning to give himself to his beloved ones. The disciples know that they are loved, but they have no idea how much. They do not yet realize that he is literally holding his heart in his hands and breaking it in front of them, offering it to them to eat. They are doing their best, but they cannot understand it all now. The Holy Spirit will help them to understand, little by little, through their own experience of loving others as Jesus has loved them. In our lives too, we grow in our ability to understand the mystery of the Eucharist only insofar as we learn to love others. There is a shell of egotism around the heart—sometimes camouflaged under the name of a virtue (detachment, prudence, giving others their space, not getting emotionally involved)—and as long as that shell is there, the heart will never be broken. But neither will it grow as it could. In the Eucharist, Jesus loves to the extreme. He does not protect his heart, but lays it on a paten as a free gift. Some souls have responded in love for him. But others have abused the gift of that heart, breaking it with their sins and sacrileges. Mary, the first heart to be broken by love, can teach us not to be afraid to learn to love like Jesus: taking the first step, risking rejection, giving people a chance, offering a sincere friendship… In this mystery, we can ask her for the courage to love others without fear.

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