The Feast Days celebrated by the Hebrew people are of great significance. Each one, including the weekly Sabbath, involve careful and intentional preparation. The feasts themselves encompass all the senses - sight, sound, touch, smell and taste - which in turn embed deep memories within the body, mind and spirit of the participants. Yahweh has prepared us to remember. We are to remember that which we have received.
Jesus, our Rabbi, takes great care to instruct his disciples on the preparation of his last Passover Feast with them. What is the purpose of these preparations? Is there something more that he wants to give them? How might this text guide us in our own preparation to receive from Jesus? Are we willing to be blessed - to bend the knee to receive?
Mark 14:12-26 NLT
On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go to prepare the Passover meal for you?”
13 So Jesus sent two of them into Jerusalem with these instructions: “As you go into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 At the house he enters, say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ 15 He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.” 16 So the two disciples went into the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there.
17 In the evening Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 As they were at the table eating, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, one of you eating with me here will betray me.”
19 Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one?”
20 He replied, “It is one of you twelve who is eating from this bowl with me. 21 For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”
22 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.”
23 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many. 25 I tell you the truth, I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.”
26 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
For Reflection and Prayer:
As you listened to or read the text, was there a word, phrase or image which stayed with you? Be still with them for a while. Ask Jesus, is there more that Jesus says to you?
Place yourself in the story today. Where do you find yourself? Have a conversation with Jesus in that context. What do you say to him? What does he say to you?