Alocution Holy Thursday

Di: S.E.R. Cardinal Juan de la Caridad García

We thank everyone for making this broadcast possible, today Thursday 1st. April, the day when the Church celebrates the institution of the Eucharist.

St Paul, in the first letter to the Corinthians, chapters 11 verses 23 to 26, tells us what happened:

(Gospel)

(Singing)

Because Jesus is in the Sacrament present in the kind of bread, we can speak to him as the people of his time in Palestine spoke to him, and we will do so with the same words that his ears of flesh heard then. Let us enliven our faith in the presence of the sacramentd Jesus and repeat the words of the Apostle Thomas:

VOICE: “Lord my God and my God”.

Let us confess the divinity of Jesus Christ with the words of St Peter in Caesarea Philippi:

VOICE: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Let’s talk to Nathanael:

VOICE: “You are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.”

Let us respond as Martha lazarus’ sister when Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and life, who believes in me even if I had died, will live, and all who live and believe in me will not die eternally. Do you believe this?

VOICE: “Yes, sir. I believe that you are the Christ. The Son of the living God who has come into this world.”

But let us also humbly say with the apostles:

VOICE: “Lord, increase our faith”

Or the lunatic’s father.

VOICE: “I believe Lord, but you help my disbelief.”

Let us hail Jesus sacramentd as the angels to God made Man on Christmas night.

VOICE: “Glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace to the men the Lord loves.”

Like the good woman in the crowd:

VOICE: “Blessed is the belly that carried you and the breasts that fed you.”

Or like the simple people on the streets of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday:

VOICE: “Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the heights.”

Let us proclaim our joy by knowing that we have it with us:

VOICE: “Blessed are the eyes that see what we notice, and the ears that hear what we hear, because many patriarchs and prophets wanted to see it and did not see it, they wanted to hear it, and they did not hear it.”

Let us recognize that we do not deserve it by humbly telling him with the centurion:

VOICE: “Lord, I am not worthy of you to enter my house, but a word of yours will be enough to heal me.”

And as we feel privileged with the faith and participation of the Eucharist, let us say to Him with St Peter on Mount Tabor:

VOICE: “Lord, how good we are here.”

And let us force him not to plead with the disciples of Emmaus:

VOICE: “Stay with us, Lord, let it get dark.”

Remember, Lord, you said to us, “ask and receive, seek, and find, call, and it will open to you.” Today we ask you Lord, with the faith and words of all those in need of the gospel, for all our spiritual and material needs.

VOICE: “Jesus, Son of David, have compassion for us.”

We are all stained, so we ask you with the leper:

VOICE: “Lord, if you want you can clean me up.”

We’re all groping to see your truth. Therefore, like the blind of the Gospel, we pray you:

VOICE: “Lord, let our eyes open and let us see.”

It’s often hard for us to understand your teaching of renunciation and sacrifice. We ask you then with the Apostles:

VOICE: “Explain to us, Lord, this parable.”

We know many sick people of body and soul, and thinking of them, like Martha and Mary, referring to Lazarus we remind you:

VOICE: “Lord, he who loves you is sick.”

We need the spiritual nourishment you are yourself. Instructed by your word, we ask you as the multitudes of Cafarnaum, but with greater knowledge of cause:

VOICE: “Lord, always give us that bread.”

Or like the Samaritan by Jacob’s well:

VOICE: “Lord, always give us that water so that we may not be thirsty again.”

And because we don’t know what else we should ask for, we tell you:

VOICE: “Show us to pray.”

(PRAYER OF OUR FATHER)

(Singing)

The Apostle John in his gospel chapter 13 verses 1 through 15 tells us what happened and which the Apostles did not expect.

(Gospel)

Two brethren lived fully what Jesus commanded them to do.

A long time ago there was an old man who had two children and the time came for him to die. He called his two sons and told them he was going to hand them out the field. The eldest son, who had been with him longer and who knew him better, gave him the hardest part of the field, because he was sure he would know how to grow it. The younger one got the lower part of the field, the best, because he hadn’t been with the father as long as the other and didn’t know as well as he did how to grow the land. And he told them to always remember that they were his children and they were always brothers. Soon after, the old man died and the two sons took over his share of the land and began their work. Time passed and the brothers could hardly see each other, so dedicated were they both to their occupations. One day the older brother was counting the wheat sheaves in his barn and wondering how his younger brother would do. He thought, I’ve had a good harvest, I’m going to bring him some beams of spike tonight, I’ll leave them in his barn without him knowing. He counted twelve weaves of wheat, went out into the dark of night and secretly left them to his brother. Meanwhile the younger brother was also thinking about his older brother. He inherited the poorest land, my harvest has been especially good this year. I think I’m going to pick up some sheaves for him and I’m going to leave them in his barn. He counted twelve sheaves, went out into the dark of night and left them in the barn. The two brothers went to bed feeling very happy. The next morning the two were in their barns, and counting the sheaves they wondered how having given twelve sheaves to the other brother it seemed that they still had them. The two decided to repeat the operation, and so that night they counted twelve other sheaves and to that gift they added the two a jug full of olives. They crossed into the darkness without seeing each other and left everything in each other’s barn. Again, the third morning they counted the sheaves and saw that they still had the same number, as well as the same jug with olives. That night each took his donkey, put a wine odre on top of him and went out on his way out of the other’s barn. But in the sky shone that day a splendid moon full like today’s. They found the the other way, on the edge of their lands. When they realized what they were doing for each other, they embraced and cried with emotion, remembering their father and praising God.

It’s an old story, but we can make it present today in our house, in our family, in our neighborhood, in our work. What happiness multiplied in heaven for our deceased parents who taught us to treat ourselves as brothers. What a joy Jesus Christ enjoys seeing these two brethren wash their feet. What joy and happiness for the Virgin Mary to know that there are her children who love each other with extraordinary love.

Tonight, this Holy Week, share with your brothers, help your brothers and you will feel a great happiness that you will see then multiplied in heaven.

(Singing)

As we do in the Eucharistic exhibition we praise Jesus Christ. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man. Let’s all pray:

VOICE: “Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.”

Bless your beautiful blood.

VOICE: “Blessed be your most beautiful blood.”

Blessed be Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.

VOICE: “Blessed be Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar”.

Blessed be Jesus, spiritual nourishment of our souls.

VOICE: “Blessed be Jesus, spiritual nourishment of our souls”.

Blessed be Jesus medicine against sin and evil.

VOICE: “Blessed be Jesus, medicine against sin and evil”.

Bless Jesus, strength for our mission to love.

VOICE: “Blessed be Jesus, strength for our mission to love.”

Blessed be Jesus, peace in suffering.

VOICE: “Blessed be Jesus, peace in suffering”.

Blessed be Jesus with common-union with God the Father.

(VOICE): “Blessed be Jesus with common-union with God the Father”.

Blessed be Jesus with common-union with family and friends.

(VOICE): “Blessed be Jesus with common-union with family and friends.”

Blessed be Jesus, source of common-union with enemies.

(VOICE): “Blessed be Jesus, source of common-union with enemies”.

Blessed be Jesus, the truth of God, of the church and of human dignity.

(VOICE): “Blessed be Jesus, Truth of God, of the church and of human dignity”.

Bless Jesus, I walk to the house of heaven.

(VOICE): “Blessed be Jesus, way to the house of heaven.”

At this moment we are preparing to make spiritual communion.

(Singing)

And the blessing of Almighty God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, descend upon all brethren and remain forever. Amen.

(Singing)

Below we fully offer the allocution of the Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Juan de la Caridad García

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