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The Last Supper by Luke

Introduction

This rosary reflection contains the story of the Last Supper according to the Gospel of Luke. The Last Supper Reflection contains the verses of the passage from the Gospel of Luke, Luke 22:14-20.

The Gospel Account

 Jesus shares the bread and wine as His Body and Blood with his apostles the night before he died on the cross. Jesus establishes a new covenant in His blood which will be shed for all humanity. Jesus’ gift of Himself is remembered at every Mass throughout history and the world.

The Five Decades

When you pray the five decades of this Rosary Reflection, use these five moments from Mary’s prayer in the Gospel. Read the Gospel verses for each decade and let the words sink in as you pray that decade.

First Decade:  Jesus Eats the Passover with His Disciples (Luke 22:14-16)

When the hour came, Jesus took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for I tell you, I shall not eat it [again] until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

Second Decade:  Jesus Shares the Cup (Luke 22:17)

Then, he took a cup, gave thank, and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves,”

Third Decade:  Jesus’ Last Taste of Wine (Luke 22:18)

“ for I tell you [that] from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

Fourth Decade:  Jesus Gives His Body (Luke 22:19)

Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.”

Fifth Decade:  Jesus Gives His Blood (Luke 22:20)

And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.”

What to Remember

These Gospel verses reflect how Jesus gave his life to deliver all humanity from the bondage of sin and death. Jesus feeds us with His Body and blood for strength on life’s journey. Every Eucharistic Prayer at Mass is a remembrance of the Last Supper.

As a follower of Jesus, you have the privilege of remembering and sharing in the Last Supper whenever you receive communion or participate in Eucharistic Adoration. The bread and wine are transformed into the Real Presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood. Mary shares in this meal with you and in her prayers.

What to Pray For

  • For a deeper appreciation and awareness of Jesus’ new covenant at each Mass you attend and those offered throughout the world.
  • For a greater devotion and worship to the Real Presence of Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration.
  • For unity and peace among all Christians, for whom Jesus’ blood was shed.
  • For those who are hungry for God’s love and peace.

 Feel free to pray the rosary using these Scripture verses for a deeper devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist. 

When This Gospel Appears

Luke’s Gospel account in the Gospel reading at the Palm Sunday Mass, in Cycle C of the Lectionary. The latest appearance is April 10, 2022.

* Scripture passages are from the United Conference of Catholic Bishops website, https://usccb.org/bible

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