Fr. Mathai’s Weekly Reflection

April 14,  2019

Dear Parishioners,

Do this in memory of me

We are entering into the Holy Week which comes at the conclusion of our Lenten journey.  Let us enter into the celebration of these mysteries of the Holy Week with faith as this is the central point of our Christian life.

The entire life of Jesus was a preparation for this supreme moment of sacrifice by His death on the cross to redeem mankind.  That is why we call it Good Friday.  On Maundy Thursday, the farewell supper was occasion for Jesus to institute  the Holy Eucharist as a memorial of His everlasting love to remain with us till the end of time.  We can never understand the great blessing we have received – the Eucharist.  And, to continue His presence, the priesthood was established.  Christ gave His power to the Apostles and through them to the church and to every ordained priest.

The priest continues this sacrifice in every Mass and offers His body and blood as our food for the journey.  And, “unless we are nourished with this food, we will have no life.”  Very truly I tell you, “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you” (Jn, 6:53).  He has united us into one community with His commandment of love to love another as He has loved us.  This is my wish that the Holy Week be celebrated in fulfillment of His command “Do this in remembrance of me” (Lk, 22:19).  The Scripture Readings of the week are specially meant to recall to our mind God’s infinite love for us.  Let us love Jesus with all our heart because He loved each one of us and died for us. 

✝ Fr. Mathai Vellappallil, SDB