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Book Recommendation

Looking for a gift for a priest, seminarian or the armchair theologian in your life?  Here’s one suggestion: “Eucharist and Covenant in John’s Last Supper Account” by Msgr. Anthony La Femina.


In the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), each describe the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist.  In John’s Gospel, he spent considerable time explaining the Eucharist in anticipation of it (see John 6), yet when it comes to the Last Supper, John seems to skip over the institution of the Eucharist and focuses on Jesus’ washing His disciples’ feet (something the synoptic Gospels do not mention).  For centuries, scholars have wondered why.

Msgr. LaFemina, after 35 years of study and prayer, has published a short, yet thorough book with an explanation as to why.  Msgr. LaFemina states that “since John ‘often teaches points of revelation in his Gospel through analogy, [he is using] the tool of analogy to convey truths about the Eucharist that are not evident in the other Last Supper accounts.’”  He goes on to examine the footwashing in all its facets, going through Old Testament and cultural traditions and understanding, and connecting these things to Christian teaching contained in the New Testament and Church Tradition.

The forward of the book was written by Cardinal Raymond Burke and the book has received endorsements from many others.  “Overall, this is groundbreaking work.”  You can read more in a review by Joseph Pronechen at National Catholic Register, or visit New Hope Publications and to order.

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