The Prayer after Communion on Sunday, the 33rd of the Year, merits closer reflection than it likely received during its first praying.
We have partaken of the gifts of this sacred mystery,
humbly imploring, O Lord,
that what your Son commanded us to do
in memory of him
may bring us growth in charity.
Through Christ our Lord.
There is a strong sense here of the relationship between worship and mission, between the Eucharist, the Body of Christ, and the Church, also the Body of Christ.
The prayer reminds that Mass is not first and foremost about the change of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, but the change of the assembly, that they may be more fully and more actively Christ in the world. Love calls us to more lovely be.
- Where is Christ needed today – in your world?
- How might you be Christ there.
In John’s Gospel the narrative of the Last Supper describes not the breaking of bread and sharing of the cup, but the washing of feet. Do this in memory of me, ‘I have give you an example that you also should do just as I have done to you.’ The photograph is of a fresco by Pietro Lorenzetti in the (lower) Basilica of St Francis in Assisi (c) Allen Morris, 2014.