SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD
Despite mounting pressure to end it, 38 states still have the death penalty. Most of these states allow a last meal for condemned prisoners. The “last supper” is a tradition that dates back to ancient Greece.
A few prisoners have unselfishly ordered their large last meal to be shared with other death row inmates. Most have just thought of themselves. Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh ate two pints of chocolate mint ice cream for his final meal. Joan of Arc requested only holy Communion.
Jesus chose a final meal of bread and wine. It was a meal that changed the world forever. It is a meal that he has shared with everyone. Jesus’ last supper is served at every Mass, when the bread and wine become the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Deacon Dick Folger