Thought for the Day – 2 April – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
The Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem
“The evening before Our Lord was arrested and put to death, Judas was negotiating His betrayal for a handful of money.
Peter was about to deny Him in public and the Apostles would abandon Him in the hour of trial.
Jesus knew all this.
He saw, moreover, how men would be forgetful of Him throughout the ages and how they would insult Him and hate Him.
Nevertheless, He resolved to remain amongst us forever, under the Eucharistic species.
“I have greatly desired to eat this passover with you, before I suffer” (Lk 22:15).
Why did He say this?
Because, He was about to work the most amazing miracle of His Infinite Love, the institution of the Blessed Eucharist!
He took bread, blessed and broke it and gave it to His Apostles, saving: “This is My Body, which is being given for you.”
Then He took the cup of wine, gave thanks to His Heavenly Father and said: “This is the chalice of My Blood, the mystery of faith, which shall be shed for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.”
There was nothing left for the Infinite Power and Goodness of Jesus to give.
He had given Himself, not only to His Apostles but, to all men throughout the ages.
If we meditate deeply on this mystery of Infinite Love, we should certainly love Jesus very much.
We should joyfully accept the nourishment of His Immaculate Body and should live with the supernatural life which comes from Him.”
Antonio Cardinal Bacci