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the ruins of others—when they see peace and security and charity and self-denial reigning in Christ's Church, have their eyes opened, and acknowledge with St. Peter: Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God (St. Matt. xvi.). Lord, to whom shall we go! Thou hast the words of Eternal Life (St. John v.).
B. “ Attendite.” Stay here a little while, and let us ask ourselves, are we making use as we ought of the Divine Banquet ? Is it working in us the unity of faith and the unity of heavenly charity ? Are we by being true members of His Body, drawing many others to Christ Jesus ? Or are we afflicting most grievously the Heart of our Lord, by scandalising the weak by our want of charity, and driving them further away from Him ? Wo to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come : but nevertheless, wo to the man by whom the scandal cometh (St. Matt. xviii.).
C. And (that) the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them as Thou hast loved Me.
All the love that our Lord has for us comes from His Eternal Father. He is living on earth in order that by seeing Him, we may come to know His Father. Philip, he who sees Me, sees the Father. If our Lord has loved us so well as to deliver Himself up for us, our Father Who is in Heaven has also loved us so well as to give His only Son
When we look therefore for the cause of all that love which our Lord has had for us, we have to ascend higher to His Father and our Father, His God and our God. It is because His Eternal Father has with infinite love created us to His own image, and made us His children, that we have so great a value in the eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore He wishes our daily and hourly prayer to be : Our Father, hallowed be Thy Name. “May all men love and cherish Thy Name of Father.”
given Me may be with Me; that they may see My glory,
be. He is loving to the end. This ardent prayer from His most compassionate Heart He lets them hear as a preparation for the sorrow that is coming. He wishes that this assurance, I will that where I am, they also whom Thou hast given to Me may be with Me, may come back and back to their troubled souls when all seems lost.
B. They also whom Thou hast given Me.--My glory, which Thou hast given Me.
Our Blessed Lord never tires of acknowledging that all comes to Him from His Father, and declaring how much His Father has loved Him.
“ Vere dignum. It is truly right and just and fair and salutary that always and everywhere we give Thee thanks, Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God.” We ought to be able habitually to say most heartily : Laudamus te, benedicimus te—“We praise Thee, O God, we bless Thee, we adore Thee, we give thanks to Thee”.
C. How wise it would also be to cherish this conception of the poor, and of our neighbours : They whom Thou hast given me, O my God.
Fust Father, the world hath not known Thee, but I have
known Thee, and these have known that Thou hast sent Me (v. 25).
A little before, His prayer was: Holy Father, sanctify them, keep them in holiness. Now He appeals to the justice of His Father, and He wishes His faithful Apostles to know that through His merits, and because His disciples become one with Him, they can in His name
claim their reward as their just due. Thus St. Paul is not afraid to write: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown, which the Lord, the Just Fudge, will render to me in that day: and not only unto me, but to them also that love His coming (2 Timothy iv.).
STATION XXV. I have made known Thy name to them, and will make it known
(v. 26). “I will make it known more fully when the Holy Spirit sent by Me shall come.”
“Fulfil Thy promise, O Lord, also in us. Show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us. Grant us a strong faith to believe in His name. Make known His name of Father to us.”
STATION XXVI. That the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in
them, and I in them (v. 26). A. That the grace of the Holy Spirit may be in them; because the Holy Spirit is the love wherewith the Father loveth His Son. Hence St. Paul writes: The charity of God is poured forth in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, Who is given to us (Romans v.).
Veni Creator Spiritus. Fons vivus, ignis, charitas, et spiritalis unctio.
B. And I in them.
Here our Lord again returns to the Blessed Eucharist, and with these words ends His prayer, and brings to a close this most holy Eucharistic solemnity.
So they did eat, and were filled exceedingly, and He gave them their desire (Psalm lxxvii.).1
Man ate the Bread of Angels (Psalm lxxvii.).
Let the just feast, and rejoice before God, and be delighted with gladness. Sing ye to God.... God in His Holy Place, God Who maketh men of one manner to dwell in a house.
1 See Communion, Quinquagesima Sunday.
The mountain of God is a fat mountain. A mountain in which God is well pleased to dwell : for there the Lord shall dwell unto the end (Psalm lxvii.).
FAREWELL TO THE SANCTUARY. And a hymn being said they went out unto Mount Olivet
(St. Matt. xxvi.). And when they had said a hymn they went forth to the Mount
of Olives (St. Mark xiv.). A. A hymn being said.
We have already seen that the hymn here referred to may have been said immediately after the Holy Mass as a thanksgiving service. It is, however, possible that our Blessed Saviour wishes, at the end of the First Night Watch, to close the sacred scenes enacted in the Cenacle, which were never to be forgotten in time or in eternity, with a special thanksgiving, in keeping with the hymn of praise prescribed at the end of the ancient Pasch, that type and figure now gone by and passed away for ever-its place is found no more. We have seen that some students of Jewish rites are of opinion that the psalms recited at the end of the legal Pasch were the 113th, the In exitu Israel, and the four Psalms immediately following. Others, how
, ever, incline to the view that the song of praise was made up of the three or four Psalms at the end of the Psalter.
If these Psalms formed the parting hymn immediately before leaving the Supper-Room, we may contemplate the great devotion inspired into “ the little flock” when Jesus the High Priest, acting as their Precentor, begins with all the ardour of His inflamed Heart to recite such words as these :
Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle. Let His praise be in the Church of the Saints.
Let Israel rejoice in Him that made Him; and let the children of Sion be joyful in their King.
This would be a most devout farewell of the disciples to the holy sanctuary where they have received two ineffable gifts: the first, the Body and Blood of the Lord; and the second, the power to do what the High Priest Jesus did.
PREPARATION FOR DEPARTURE IN THE GUEST-ROOM.
They went forth to the Mount of Olives (St. Mark xiv.).
The entire celebration, including the Pasch of the Old Law, and the Pasch of the New and Everlasting Covenant, is now ended.
Our Blessed Saviour may have to lay aside some special robes which He wore during the Holy Sacrifice. The Apostles, too, may have to put off the pilgrim's garment, or some other that they put on for the sacramental ordination. There is also, as we have said, the Most Holy Sacrament to be with becoming love and reverence carried for reservation to the place prepared for It. There may be moreover the sacred vessels, and the consecrated chrism to be laid by in a suitable keeping-place.
“O vos omnes ”_0 all you who pass by the way, while all these things are being arranged, stay a little, turn aside for a while to watch and to listen; for the hour of the great conflict is now close at hand. And we may contemplate during these short moments of preparation how our Lord has gone aside with His Holy Mother to say a parting word to her; to ask her to repeat once more her consent to all that He is about to do and to suffer. For still His wish is to be to the end most filial, most reverent, most lovingly subject to her. Say once again, Holy Mother, the word you said to the faithful Archangel, St. Gabriel; the word you have never retracted.” And she would say now, in quite a new sense, and with quite a new fervour, and filled with quite a new grace: O my Son, O my God, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy word.