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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 6 A..D. 2010

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 reflection on today's Scripture:

Today, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, we celebrate 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 lead up to the greatest gift Christ left us, the sacrifice of the Mass. Our late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, referred to the Eucharist as the "source and summit" of our lives, while Pope Benedict calls it the Sacrament of Love.

In the first reading, Melchizedek, King and priest of Salem, in return for a favor, gives bread, wine, and blessing to Abram (later called Abraham). In turn, Abram makes a covenant with Melchizedek, and gives him a tenth of all his possessions. Melchizedek is still referred to in our liturgies as a "forerunner" of Christ, the eternal Priest.

The second reading, from 1 Corinthians, tells us what happened at the Last Supper, when Jesus makes a covenant in His own Body and Blood with the apostles and all who would later follow Him. It's the first telling in Scripture of the story of the Eucharist. Later, the Gospels would fill in more details, telling us that Jesus Himself is the food of sacrifice, offered for the salvation of the whole world. He tells His followers to "Do this in remembrance of me," thus establishing the Mass. It is the Holy Spirit which empowers those words of Jesus in the mouths of His priests.

The Eucharist is the greatest remedy in every age to heal the brokenness of our lives and the sickness in our world. It is needed now more than ever before to bring about a healing for the sins of society and especially the weaknesses of a Church which is supposed to offer the light of truth and a love that can be trusted. Our Holy Father, in a news interview on his way to the Shrine at Fatima recently, said that the Church "has a profound need to relearn penance, to accept purification, to learn on the one hand forgiveness but also the necessity of justice."

Renewed devotion to the Eucharist through the Mass and our prayer of reparation before the Blessed Sacrament is surely the very best way to bring about the healing of a wounded church and a restored trust in the shepherds of the Church.

~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29@yahoo.com

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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