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Living Eucharist

Lamb of sacrifice

The Gospel for Sunday, Corpus Christi, reminds us of the Passover context in which Eucharist was, from the first, understood and interpreted. Scholars offer their various ‘takes’ on which account is most historically accurate – that of John or of the Synoptics. But in both accounts the Passover looms large. The Eucharist is about freedom, it is about being saved from slavery.

On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was sacrificed, his disciples said to Jesus, ‘Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the passover?’ So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the city and you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him, and say to the owner of the house which he enters, “The Master says: Where is my dining room in which I can eat the…

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