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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 10, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Genesis 14:18-20
Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Luke 9:11b-17

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today, the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, celebrates the central mystery of our faith, God as sacrificial food for the world. All three readings speak about some important events in the Bible that led up to the greatest gift Christ left us, the sacrifice of the Mass.

The first reading tells us about a very successful rescue mission. Abraham, who is not really a military man nor a king, with only a couple of hundred men, bravely rescues his nephew, Lot, who has been taken prisoner by a conspiracy of foreign kings. Another king, Melchizedek of Salem, is so grateful for this action that he invites Abraham to a royal banquet, offering him bread and wine, and a special blessing. Abraham, in turn, shows his gratitude by making a covenant with this priest, offering him a tenth (a tithe) of all his property. We can easily see why no one ever forgot this holy meal.

Today's second reading is also an important one, for it's the first sacred writing to speak of what Jesus did at the Last Supper, and to tell us of the very words Jesus spoke in instituting the Holy Eucharist. Jesus tells us that He himself will be the very food of sacrifice for the salvation of the world, and commands the apostles to do this over and over until the end of time.

All four Gospels contain the great story of the multiplication of the loaves of bread and a couple of fish that fed over five thousand. Jesus “took, blessed, broke, and gave” the food on that hillside, just as he would later do in the Upper Room. And that fourfold action of Jesus is just what the priest does at every Mass.

The Eucharist is both symbol and reality. As symbol, it reminds us of Jesus as friend, nurturer, lover, and savior. Without it, we would not be Catholic. Whenever we adore the Body and Blood of Christ, either privately in the tabernacle, or publicly at Solemn Exposition and Benediction, we must always associate it with the action of the Mass in which Jesus is the Lamb of Sacrifice and the food of salvation. Although it appears as bread and wine, it is truly His Body and Blood. There is no greater gift. Our young people have the right language for it: it's awesome!

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)

The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

(Corpus Christi)

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