THE UPPER ROOM

Our first door of mercy is the one that leads to the upper room.

The upper room, also called the cenacle, is the place where our Lord Jesus had a very special meal with his closest disciples. Because this Passover Meal was held on the eve of his death, we call it the Last Supper.

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A number of significant things happened in this special place.

Let us begin by reading an account of how Jesus and his disciples found this room.

Remember: Take your time. Read the passage prayerfully. Pause whenever you feel the desire to do so.

Pay attention to the details as you try to imagine the scene. What does the room look like? What tone of voice does our Lord use? How are his disciples reacting to what he says?

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[7] Then came the day of Unleavened Bread,
on which the passover lamb had to be sacrificed.

[8] So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying,
“Go and prepare the passover for us, that we may eat it.”

[9] They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?”
[10] He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city,
a man carrying a jar of water will meet you;
follow him into the house which he enters,

[11] and tell the householder, `The Teacher says to you,
Where is the guest room,
where I am to eat the passover with my disciples?’

[12] And he will show you a large upper room furnished;
there make ready.”

[13] And they went, and found it as he had told them;
and they prepared the passover.

[14] And when the hour came, he sat at table,
and the apostles with him.
[15] And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired
to eat this passover with you before I suffer;

[16] for I tell you I shall not eat it
until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”


[17] And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks
he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves;

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

[19] And he took bread, and when he had given thanks
he broke it and gave it to them, saying,
“This is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”a

[20] And likewise the cup after supper, saying,
“This cup which is poured out for you
is the new covenant in my blood.

[21] But behold the hand of him who betrays me
is with me on the table.

[22] For the Son of man goes as it has been determined;
but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!”

[23] And they began to question one another, which of them it was that would do this.

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Music: “Serenade” from Unexpected Songs by Julian Lloyd Webber/John Lenehan. Released: 2006. Track 14 of 20.