(Joos Van Cleve, Altarpiece of Lamentation, 1485-1515, from The Edge of the Enclosure)
The Last Supper
The Last Supper
While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, "Take; this is my body." Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God." When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. And Jesus said to them, "You will all become deserters; for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.' But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee."
Peter said to him, "Even though all become deserters, I will not." Jesus said to him, "Truly I tell you, this day, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times." But he said vehemently, "Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you." And all of them said the same.
Mark 14: 22-31
Dearest Lord, it is good to be here. Right here. Right now. Right here, right now, in this moment.
I am with people who care about me. I am with people whom I care about and love.
I love them as they are, right here, right now, in this moment, in this space.
I am grateful for all these moments in our lives.
We share meals at our homes. We share meals in restaurants. We share meals on tailgates.
Our cell phone cameras are out, and we are snapping pictures like crazy.
We will share the pictures, both to people who care, and people who won’t care,
And to people who will be irritated we took so many pictures of the same thing.
But some day, Lord, this moment becomes memory. We will be gray and bald; the kids will be adults.
Our lives will change; some of us will drift apart. But thank you for the memory of today. This day.