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Remember and act

Commentary
Three actions -- the passing over of the houses of Israel while they hurriedly feast, the blessing of the bread and wine and consuming of these in the presence of Christ, the washing of the disciples' feet -- together relate to the grand theme of Maundy Thursday this year.
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Just before the first Christmas, an angel appeared to Joseph to tell him that Jesus would also be called "Emmanuel", meaning "God With Us." Let us listen to the guidance of the angels today as we prepare to receive God With Us once again.

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Jesus, fill me with the awe of Christmas.
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