Our Old Testament reading gives us the making of the Covenant between God and Abraham: ‘Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations’.

This is taken up in the Eucharistic Prayer: ‘Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body, which will be given up for you. … Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins’.

And, further on: ‘Be pleased to look upon these offerings with a serene and kindly countenance, and to accept them, as once you were pleased to accept the gifts of your servant Abel the just, the sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith, and the offering of your high priest Melchizedek, a holy sacrifice, a spotless victim’.

In exactly one week’s time it will be Maundy Thursday, when we celebrate again that Last Supper in the Upper Room when the words of Institution were first spoken. May we truly love this great gift of the Lord and grow ever more deeply into His likeness. May God bless you this day.