Chapter 1: This in Remembrance of Me
1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him: “Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the Passover?”
18 And he said: “Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him: “The master saith, ‘My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at thy house with my disciples.’”
19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the Passover. 14
14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
15 And he said unto them: “With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer:”
16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.
17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said: “Take this, and divide it among yourselves:”
18 “For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the Kingdom of God shall come.”
19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying: “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.”
20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying: “This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”
The great German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, was on his death-bed in much pain and suffering. One evening, just before he died, he cried loudly, “Ah, my God!”
The doctor who was attending to him was surprised because there was no place for God in Schopenhauer’s philosophy. So he said, “Sir, is there any place for God in your philosophy?”
Schopenhauer opened his eyes and said, “In suffering, philosophy without God is insufficient.”
The word insufficient is very significant. Let us contemplate on it a little more. Even on his death-bed, Schopenhauer remains a philosopher. A philosopher goes on thinking about God, at the most, as a hypothesis: sufficient or insufficient? But God remains, more or less, a hypothetical thing. God is not reality. Maybe the concept is needed because it is difficult to explain many things without it, but the hypothesis is a hypothesis and can be discarded at any moment. Any moment that we can explain life without him, we will be ready to explain life without him.
God is not life. Rather, he is a hypothesis to explain the mystery of life. A hypothesis is a need of ignorance. When man becomes more and more knowledgeable, the darkness of ignorance is pushed away more and more. God will be thrown, God will be dethroned because then he will not be needed.