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The Paschal Mystery Fulfilled


On this Wednesday of the Holy Week, I continue my journey through Scott Hahn’s book, Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises.

Scott Hahn continues his teasing glimpse into the Last Supper as it parallels the Seder Meal at Passover.  According to Scott, Jesus’ Last Supper was essentially an interrupted Seder Meal.  While traditional Seder has four cups of wine, the Last Supper ends with the third, the Cup of Blessing.

It would be like having a wedding but stopping short of the vows!  Or, as Scott writes, celebrating Mass but stopping short of consecrating the host!

But Scott explains that the fourth cup is the cup Christ asks to avoid in Gethsemane:

He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.”  Matt. 26:39.

This is the cup of wrath, “a metaphor for destruction that occurs often in the Old Testament.”  In contemplating this cup, Jesus’ “soul is sorrowful even to death” and three times He asks the Father to spare Him from drinking of this cup.  Yet each time, even though He was sweating blood, He acknowledged the Father’s lordship over Him:

“Not my will but yours be done.”  Luke 22:42.

Jesus knew the terrible cup He must drink from, and yet, despite His agony, He surrendered to the Father’s will.

How do I live as Christ?  Do I seek to do His will or do I opt for my own?  Do I follow Mary’s example:

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”  Luke 1:38.

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My prayer today is that I seek His will for me and my family.  “As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:15.

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The Cup of Blessing


On this Tuesday of the Holy Week, I continue my journey through Scott Hahn’s book, Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises.

As a family, we are always looking for free goodies.  The kids really enjoy going to Sam’s Club when they have all the carts out with free samples.  They can grab a portion of a mini-burrito bite, and a sampling of an egg roll, and a tablespoon of juice.  It’s clearly not Sam’s intent to provide us a full meal—Sam hopes that by giving us a small sample, he might entice us to buy a full industrial size package of something.

In today’s reading, Scott Hahn gives a tantalizing tidbit, a morsel that whets the appetite.  He gives a sampling of his study in which he draws parallels between the Last Supper and the Passover meal.  Now I want the industrial size package.  I am hungry for the whole meal.

So I did some digging and found other resources that did nothing to sate my appetite but only served to whet it further.  One resource described relevant quotes related to each of the four cups of Seder.  The third cup, the Cup of Blessing (as Christ described the Last Supper chalice), corresponds to the following quote:

“Blessed are you, Lord God, who brings forth bread from the earth.”

Awesome reference to bread, reminding me Who is the Bread of Life!

Still, I am aware of two things:

  1. I am a rookie in the beginning of a lifelong faith journey through Scripture; and
  2. The internet, while a useful tool for beginning research, is fraught with error and traps.

My job, now, is to find and dig into reliable sources to know Him better.

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This Lent I joined a Wednesday morning men’s Bible study at my parish.  I have found this to be a great source of learning and fellowship.  But I am also aware that there is often the risk of the “blind leading the blind” with such groups, so I need to continue my commitment to study Scott Hahn‘s book, Understanding the Scriptures, A Complete Course on Bible Study.
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