Mass Readings: Isaiah 50:4–9/Matthew 26:14–25

The Upper Room

Jerusalem is filled with holy sites. One I was drawn to is the Upper Room, or Cenacle, located on Mount Zion above a room that purportedly houses the sarcophagus of King David. I visited the Cenacle in 2000 and, not to put too fine a point on it, was disappointed. With its Gothic architecture, it cannot be the simple room that Jesus in today’s Gospel tells His disciples to prepare for the Passover meal.

What does not disappoint me, however, is my parish church, where every Sunday I’m privileged to be in the Upper Room when the priest repeats Christ’s words, “This is My Body, this is My Blood.” Time and space are suspended and I am in Jerusalem with all the saints and repentant sinners who have shared the Eucharist throughout the ages.

Prayer: Sacrament most holy, Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.