Fr-Young :: “Holy Thursday” – Homily 2020

Readings at Mass

Liturgical Colour: White.

Here are the readings for the morning Chrism Mass:

First reading
Isaiah 61:1-3,6,8-9 ©

The Lord has anointed me

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,for the Lord has anointed me.He has sent me to bring good news to the poor,to bind up hearts that are broken;to proclaim liberty to captives,freedom to those in prison;to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord,a day of vengeance for our God,to comfort all those who mourn and to give themfor ashes a garland;for mourning robe the oil of gladness,for despondency, praise.But you, you will be named ‘priests of the Lord’,they will call you ‘ministers of our God.’I reward them faithfullyand make an everlasting covenant with them.Their race will be famous throughout the nations,their descendants throughout the peoples.All who see them will admitthat they are a race whom the Lord has blessed.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 88(89):21-22,25,27 ©

I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.I have found David my servant  and with my holy oil anointed him.My hand shall always be with him  and my arm shall make him strong.I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.My truth and my love shall be with him;  by my name his might shall be exalted.He will say to me: ‘You are my father,  my God, the rock who saves me.’I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.

Second reading
Apocalypse 1:5-8 ©

Jesus Christ has made us a line of kings and priests

Grace and peace to you from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the First-Born from the dead, the Ruler of the kings of the earth. He loves us and has washed away our sins with his blood, and made us a line of kings, priests to serve his God and Father; to him, then, be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen. It is he who is coming on the clouds; everyone will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the races of the earth will mourn over him. This is the truth. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’ says the Lord God, who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.

Gospel AcclamationIs61:1(Lk4:18)

Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!The spirit of the Lord has been given to me.He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor.Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

GospelLuke 4:16-21 ©

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me

Jesus came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written:The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,for he has anointed me.He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,to proclaim liberty to captivesand to the blind new sight,to set the downtrodden free,to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the assistant and sat down. And all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to speak to them, ‘This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen.’

Here are the readings for the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper:

First reading
Exodus 12:1-8,11-14 ©

The Passover is a day of festival for all generations, for ever

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt:  ‘This month is to be the first of all the others for you, the first month of your year. Speak to the whole community of Israel and say, “On the tenth day of this month each man must take an animal from the flock, one for each family: one animal for each household. If the household is too small to eat the animal, a man must join with his neighbour, the nearest to his house, as the number of persons requires. You must take into account what each can eat in deciding the number for the animal. It must be an animal without blemish, a male one year old; you may take it from either sheep or goats. You must keep it till the fourteenth day of the month when the whole assembly of the community of Israel shall slaughter it between the two evenings. Some of the blood must then be taken and put on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses where it is eaten. That night, the flesh is to be eaten, roasted over the fire; it must be eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. You shall eat it like this: with a girdle round your waist, sandals on your feet, a staff in your hand. You shall eat it hastily: it is a passover in honour of the Lord. That night, I will go through the land of Egypt and strike down all the first-born in the land of Egypt, man and beast alike, and I shall deal out punishment to all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord! The blood shall serve to mark the houses that you live in. When I see the blood I will pass over you and you shall escape the destroying plague when I strike the land of Egypt. This day is to be a day of remembrance for you, and you must celebrate it as a feast in the Lord’s honour. For all generations you are to declare it a day of festival, for ever.”’

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 115(116):12-13,15-18 ©

The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ.How can I repay the Lord  for his goodness to me?The cup of salvation I will raise;  I will call on the Lord’s name.The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ.O precious in the eyes of the Lord  is the death of his faithful.Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;  you have loosened my bonds.The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ.A thanksgiving sacrifice I make;  I will call on the Lord’s name.My vows to the Lord I will fulfil  before all his people.The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ.

Second reading
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 ©

Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming the death of the Lord

This is what I received from the Lord, and in turn passed on to you: that on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this as a memorial of me.’ In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’ Until the Lord comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death.

Gospel AcclamationJn13:34

Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!I give you a new commandment:love one another just as I have loved you,says the Lord.Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!

GospelJohn 13:1-15 ©

Now he showed how perfect his love was

It was before the festival of the Passover, and Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to pass from this world to the Father. He had always loved those who were his in the world, but now he showed how perfect his love was.  They were at supper, and the devil had already put it into the mind of Judas Iscariot son of Simon, to betray him. Jesus knew that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, and he got up from table, removed his outer garment and, taking a towel, wrapped it round his waist; he then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘At the moment you do not know what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ ‘Never!’ said Peter ‘You shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus replied, ‘If I do not wash you, you can have nothing in common with me.’ ‘Then, Lord,’ said Simon Peter ‘not only my feet, but my hands and my head as well!’ Jesus said, ‘No one who has taken a bath needs washing, he is clean all over. You too are clean, though not all of you are.’ He knew who was going to betray him, that was why he said, ‘though not all of you are.’  When he had washed their feet and put on his clothes again he went back to the table. ‘Do you understand’ he said ‘what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.’