The Most Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Published on 17 Jun 2019
Loaves of bread
O God, who in this most wonderful Sacrament, have left us a memorial of your Passion,

grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood

that we may always experience in ourselves, the fruits of your redemption.

Following the great feasts of Pentecost and the Holy Trinity, this Sunday we celebrate the wonderful gift of the Body and Blood of our Lord.

In the First Reading we have the brief appearance of Melchizedek, king and priest, offering bread and wine to God in thanksgiving of Abraham’s victory over the Canaanites.

The Psalm, naming Melchizedek, is aptly chosen, but also points to Jesus Christ, king and priest, who offers his sacrifice under the form of bread and wine.

St Paul, in the Second Reading, gives one of the earliest accounts of the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist.

The Gospel narrates the feeding of the five thousand. It foreshadows the institution of the Eucharist, and also the continuing role of Jesus’s disciples.

As we give God thanks this week particularly for the Sacrament of the Eucharist, may we be ever more conscious of the Lord’s presence pervading all things.

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven’, says the Lord.     Gospel Acclamation

‘This is my body, which is for you; do this as a memorial of me.’     Second Reading

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over the loaves and fish; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples.    Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:

Genesis 14: 18–20; Psalm 109 (110); 1 Corinthians 11: 23–26; Luke 9: 11–17