Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week

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Introduction to Mass and Homily preached by the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, at Mass on the Wednesday of Holy Week. Masses at 12.10 pm and 1.10 pm at the Blessed Sacrament Shrine, Liverpool on Wednesday 31 March 2010.

Introduction to Mass:

The curtain is about to be raised on the Paschal Triduum: the fullness of charity: gift: salvation. We receive from Isaiah the promise of a disciple insulted, buffeted, despised. We witness the last minute preparations for the Passover Feast and we will respond to the stark warning of the betrayal by Judas: this is the Gospel of the Lord: betrayal becomes charity: unleavened bread to become the gift of his body: all for us and our salvation.

Homily:

‘Not, I, Rabbi, surely!
Have I have a traitor’s heart?
Have I the heart to sell you?
Will I be the instrument making the Son of Man go the way of the insulted, buffeted, crucified servant.’

The Lord’s reply is not: yes, you are: yes, your heart is hard, yes, you will do it. But as if he is longing to distance Judas from what he is going to do and bring about. They are your own words. Because the final result will be this: the Lamb of God taking into his own heart all our betrayals, and hardness, and guilt and enfolding it all, including the sin of Judas in his charity, his love, his gift, absolute mercy, to accomplish salvation.

The scene is set for these coming days.

Introduction to Mass and Homily preached by the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, at Mass on the Tuesday of Holy Week. Masses at 12.10 pm and 1.10 pm at the Blessed Sacrament Shrine, Liverpool on Tuesday 30 March 2010.

Introduction to Mass:

We make our final preparations to set aside the end of this week to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, to ponder his death on the cross, and to celebrate at the Easter Vigil life created out of death, light out of darkness, joy out of sorrow. A deed of charity, bringing this gift of transformation, and so salvation: well-being of heart, mind, feelings, desires. Charity, gift, salvation. Gift is today’s guiding word and light and promise.

Homily:

‘Night had fallen’: night of betrayal: night of greed: night of treachery. And immediately Jesus declares: Now has the Son of Man been glorified. Now night shall be changed into day: now shall the betrayal by Judas become my betraying, handing myself over for you all: all that any of us spoils, any grace resisted shall be redeemed. It can only be gift, undeserved, unexpected: it shall all be redeemed and become my body broken but for you, my blood poured out for you.


Introduction to Mass and Homily preached by the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, at Mass on the Monday of Holy Week. Masses at 12.10 pm and 1.10 pm at the Blessed Sacrament Shrine, Liverpool on Monday 29 March 2010.

Introduction to Mass:

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week prepare us for the next three days: the Passover, Paschal Triduum. Pope Benedict, in his letter for Lent, taught us: Lent culminates in the Paschal Triduum in which we celebrate the fullness of charity, gift, salvation. Those three blessings can inspire our first three days of this great week: today it is charity we shall see in the Lord’s servant and then in Mary of Bethany.

Homily:

Charity: unbounded, reckless love: foolishness of love. No room in the calculating, scheming, hard heart of Judas: but Mary loves and her heart will appreciate a Son of God who for us will be crucified: die and be buried. Let there be a similar foolish extravagance in the way we surrender this week to him.