Regardless of how well or poorly we kept our Lenten fasts, and what God may have revealed to us about our attachments to worldly things… let us begin anew tonight with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper to prepare for the mystery and joy of discovering with Mary Magdalene and the apostles the empty tomb and Jesus’ resurrection this Easter. During the next three days, enter the story of salvation as it reaches its peak, talk to and walk with Jesus as he accomplishes his mission, so that your joy may be complete.
Video of the Day: Easter Preparation
In the following video, Father Hezekias and Daniel Garland (Institute of Catholic Culture) help you prepare for Easter as they discuss the gospel passage (John 20:1–9) that will be read this Easter Sunday.
Question of the Day
- Are you prepared for Easter?
- How hungry are you for the good things the Lord has to offer?
- What does Jesus’ resurrection mean for you?
- What tomb do you want to walk out of?
- What has the power to wake you before dawn?
Scriptures of the Evening
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 11:23–26
Brothers and sisters:
I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,
that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over,
took bread, and, after he had given thanks,
broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
Gospel: John 13:1–15
Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power
and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
“Master, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later.”
Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him,
“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
Simon Peter said to him,
“Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.”
Jesus said to him,
“Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
for he is clean all over;
so you are clean, but not all.”
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
So when he had washed their feet
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”