Sun 03 June 2018
Mark 14: 12-16,22-26

Now on the first day of the unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the pasch, the disciples say to Him: Whither wilt Thou that we go, and prepare for Thee to eat the pasch? And He sendeth two of His disciples, and saith to them: Go ye into the city; and there shall meet you a man carrying a pitcher of water, follow him; And whithersoever he shall go in, say to the master of the house, The master saith, Where is My refectory, where I may eat the pasch with My disciples? And he will shew you a large dining room furnished; and there prepare ye for us.

And His disciples went their way, and came into the city; and they found as he had told them, and they prepared the pasch.

And whilst they were eating, Jesus took bread; and blessing, broke, and gave to them, and said: Take ye. This is My body. And having taken the chalice, giving thanks, He gave it to them. And they all drank of it. And He said to them: This is My blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many. Amen I say to you, that I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it new in the Kingdom of God.

And when they had said a hymn, they went forth to the Mount of Olives.

From The Gospel as Revealed to Me by Maria Valtorta (Chapter 598.2):
[…] The sight of the sheep reminds the apostles of the rite and when they are almost at Gethsemane, they ask Jesus: «Where shall we go to consume the Passover? Which place are You choosing? Tell us and we will go and prepare everything.»

And Judas of Kerioth says: «Give me Your orders and I will go.»

«Peter. John. Listen to Me.»

The two, who were a little ahead, approach Jesus Who has called them.

«Go ahead and enter the town by the Dung Gate. As soon as you go in, you will meet a man who is coming back from En Rogel with a pitcher of that good water. Follow him until he goes into a house. You will say to him who is in it: “The Master says: ‘Where is the room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?’” He will show you a large supper-room, which is ready. Prepare everything there. Go quickly and then join us at the Temple.»

The two go away in a hurry.

Jesus instead proceeds slowly. The morning is still cool, and only the first pilgrims appear on the roads leading into town. They cross the little Kidron bridge that is before Gethsemane and enter the town. The gates are no longer watched by legionaries, probably because of a counter-order by Pilate, who has been reassured by the lack of disputes concerning Jesus. There is in fact absolute tranquillity everywhere.

From The Gospel as Revealed to Me by Maria Valtorta (Chapter 600.13-16):
[…] The lamb is almost consumed.

Jesus, Who has eaten very little, and has only had a sip of wine at each chalice, but to compensate for that, has drunk a lot of water, as if He were feverish, resumes speaking: «I want you to understand My gesture of a short while ago. I told you that the first is like the last, and that I am going to give you a food that is not corporeal. I have given you a nourishment of humility, for your spirits. You call Me: Master and Lord. You are right, because so I am. So if I have washed your feet you should wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example, so that you may do what I have done. I tell you solemnly: no servant is greater than his master, no apostle is greater than He Who appointed him. Try to understand these things. Then, if you understand them and put them into practice, you will be blessed. But not all of you will be blessed. I know you. I know whom I chose. I am not speaking of everybody in the same way. But I say what is true. On the other hand, what has been written7 concerning Me, is to be fulfilled: “He who eats the bread with Me, rebels against Me.” I am telling you everything before it happens, that you may have no doubts about Me. When everything has been accomplished, you will believe even more that I am I. He who receives Me, receives Him Who sent Me: the Holy Father Who is in Heaven; and he who receives those whom I send, will receive Me. Because I am with the Father and you are with Me… But now let us finish the rite.»

He pours more wine into the common chalice and before drinking of it and letting the others drink, He stands up, and everybody stands up with Him, and He sings one of the previous psalms again: «I had faith and that is why I spoke…» and then He sings a psalm that never comes to an end. Beautiful… but eternal! I think I have found it, by its beginning and its length, as psalm 118. They sing it as follows. They sing one part in chorus. Then, in turns, one recites a couplet, and the others in chorus sing another part, and so forth till the end. No wonder they are thirsty at the end!

600.14Jesus sits down. He does not lie down. He sits as we do. And He says: «Now that the old rite has been accomplished, I will celebrate the new one. I have promised you a miracle of love. It is time to work it. That is why I have longed for this Passover. From now on this is the Victim that will be consumed in a perpetual rite of love. My beloved friends, I have loved you throughout the whole life of the Earth. I have loved you for the whole eternity, My children. And I want to love you till the end. There is nothing greater than this. Bear that in mind. I am going away. But we shall remain forever united through the miracle that I will now work.»

Jesus takes a loaf still entire and places it on the chalice that has been filled. He blesses and offers both, He then breaks the bread and takes thirteen morsels of it, and gives one to each apostle saying: «Take this and eat it. This is my Body. Do this in remembrance of Me, Who is going away.» He gives the chalice and says: «Take this and drink it. This is My Blood. This is the chalice of the new alliance in my Blood and through my Blood, that will be shed for you, to remit your sins and give you Life. Do this in remembrance of Me.»

Jesus is very sad. There is no smile, no trace of light, no colour on His face. It is already an agonizing face. The apostles look at Him utterly anguished.

600.15Jesus stands up saying: «Do not move. I shall be back at once.»

He takes the thirteenth morsel of bread and the chalice, and He goes out of the Supper-room.

«He is going to His Mother» whispers John.

And Judas Thaddeus says with a sigh: «Poor woman!»

Peter asks in a very low voice: «Do you think She knows?»

«She knows everything. She has always been aware of everything.»

They all speak in very low voices, as if they were in front of a corpse.

«But do you think that really…» asks Thomas, who does not want to believe yet.

«And do you doubt it? It is His hour» replies James of Zebedee.

«May God grant us strength to be faithful» says the Zealot.

«Oh! I…» says Peter who is about to speak. But John, who is on the look-out, says: «Silence! He is here.»

Jesus comes back in. He has the empty chalice in His hands. Only at its bottom there is a trace of wine, and in the light of the chandelier it looks just like blood.

Judas Iscariot, in front of whom is the chalice, looks at it as if he were enchanted, then he averts his eyes. Jesus watches him and shudders, and John, leaning as he is on His chest, feels it. «Why not say so! You are shivering…» he exclaims.

«No. I am not shivering because I am feverish… 600.16I have told you everything, and I have given you everything. I could not have given you anything else. I have given you Myself.»

He makes His usual kind gesture with His hands, which, previously joined, now separate and stretch out, while He bows His head as if He wished to say: «Excuse Me if I cannot give you more. It is so.»

«I have told you everything and I have given you everything. And I repeat. The new rite has been accomplished. Do this in remembrance of Me. I have washed your feet to teach you to be humble and pure like your Master. Because I solemnly tell you that disciples must be like their Master. Remember that, bear it in mind. Also when you are in high offices, remember that. There is no disciple greater than his Master. As I washed you, do the same to one another. That is, love one another like brothers, helping and respecting one another, setting an example to one another. And be pure, to be worthy of eating the living Bread that descended from Heaven, and have the strength, in yourselves and through It, to be My disciples in the hostile world that will hate you because of My Name. But one of you is not pure. One of you will betray Me. My Spirit is deeply perturbed by that… The hand of him who will betray Me is here with Me on this table, and neither My love, nor My Body and Blood, nor My word make him mend his ways and repent. I would forgive him going to my death also on his behalf.»

The disciples cast terrified glances at one another. They scrutinise one another suspiciously.

Peter stares at the Iscariot in a revival of all his doubts. Judas Thaddeus in turn jumps to his feet to look at the Iscariot above Matthew’s body.

But the Iscariot is so sure of himself! In turn he looks at Matthew, as if he suspected him. He then looks fixedly at Jesus and smiling he asks: «Is it I perhaps?» He seems to be the one who is most certain of his honesty and to say so, not to let the conversation drop.

Jesus repeats His gesture saying: «You are saying so, Judas of Simon, not I. You are saying so. I have not mentioned your name. Why are you accusing yourself? Ask your internal warner, your conscience of a man, the conscience that God the Father gave you that you might behave as a man, and listen whether it accuses you. You will be the first to know. But if it reassures you, why do you utter a word and speak of a deed that is anathema even to mention or to think of as a joke?»

Jesus is speaking calmly. He seems to be supporting a proposed thesis as a learned man may do with his pupils. The confusion is great, but Jesus’ calm appeases it. […]