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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (2013)

Hebrews 9:28Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father may your Kingdom come in all its fullness and every knee bow to your Savior Jesus, and may you grant that it may come to pass in our generation. Through Infant Jesus we hopefully pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (June 02, 2013)
Day: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
First Reading: Gn 14:18-20
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4
Second Reading: 1 Cor 11:23-26
Gospel: Luke 9:11-17
Lectionary: 169
Colour: Red
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Luke 9:11-17
11When the crowds learned it, they followed him; and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God, and cured those who had need of healing.12 Now the day began to wear away; and the twelve came and said to him, "Send the crowd away, to go into the villages and country round about, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a lonely place." 13 But he said to them, "You give them something to eat." They said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish - unless we are to go and buy food for all these people." 14 For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, "Make them sit down in companies, about fifty each." 15 And they did so, and made them all sit down. 16 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17 And all ate and were satisfied. And they took up what was left over, twelve baskets of broken pieces.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
In the Old Covenant bread and wine were offered in sacrifice as a sign of grateful acknowledgment to their Creator. Melchizedek’s offering of bread and wine, which was both priest and king, prefigured the offering made by Jesus, our high priest and king. Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand points to the superabundance of the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist. Jesus transforms the Passover of the old covenant into the meal of the "new covenant in my blood". The unleavened bread at Passover and the amazing manna in the desert are the pledge of God's faithfulness to his promises. The "cup of blessing" at the end of the Jewish Passover meal points to the messianic hope of the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Jesus gave a new and final meaning to the blessing of the bread and the cup when he instituted the "Lord's Supper" or "Eucharist". He speaks of the presence of his body and blood in this new meal. When at the Last Supper Jesus described his blood “poured out for many for the pardon of sins”, he was explaining his coming crucifixion as surrender for sins. His death on the cross fulfilled the sacrifice of the paschal lamb. That is why John the Baptist called him the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” Jesus made himself an contribution and sacrifice, a gift that was truly pleasing to the Father. Loving Infant Jesus, you are the "Bread of Life" and the "Cup of Salvation". Fill us with thankfulness and longing for the true Bread of Heaven which gives us strength and healing for body and soul.


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