Saturday, June 01, 2013
THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST - C
JUNE 2, 2013
THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST - C
Memorial, Saints Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs
Gen 14:18-20 / Ps 110: 1. 2. 3. 4 / 1 Cor 11:23-26 / Lk 9:11-17
Then Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought bread and wine; he was a priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram saying, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth! And blessed be God Most High who has delivered your enemies into your hands!" And Abram gave him a tenth part of everything.
1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-26
This is the tradition of the Lord that I received and that in my turn I have handed on to you; the Lord Jesus, on the night that he was delivered up, took bread and, after giving thanks, broke it, saying, "This is my body which is broken for you; do this in memory of me." In the same manner, taking the cup after the supper, he said, "This cup is the new Covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do it in memory of me." So, then, whenever you eat of this bread and drink from this cup, you are proclaiming the death of the Lord until he comes.
But the crowd heard of this and caught up with him. So he welcomed them, and began speaking about the kingdom of God, curing those who needed healing. The day was drawing to a close, and the Twelve drew near to tell him, "Send the crowd away, and let them go into the villages and farms around, to find lodging and food, for we are here in a lonely place." But Jesus replied, "You your selves give them something to eat." They answered, "We have only five loaves and two fish. Do you want us to go and buy enough food for all this crowd?" for there were about five thousand men. Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Make people sit down in groups of fifty." So they made all of them sit down. Jesus then took the five loaves and two fish, and raising his eyes to heaven, pronounced a blessing over them; he broke them, and gave them to the disciples to distribute to the crowd. They ate and everyone had enough; and when they gathered up what was left, twelve baskets were filled with broken pieces.
Recognizing Jesus in the consecrated bread and wine is good, but it is simply not the total picture. When we make it the total picture we seek to limit God, and God can't be limited. Recognizing and experiencing God present within us, in each other, in everyone in the world is the whole picture of the Eucharist. Only when we begin to see God present in the world, in the person we hate, in the child who won't behave, in our spouse, in the person who has abused us -- only then will the mystery of the consecration bring us to a sense of awe and thanksgiving. Importance is therefore not based on who does or does not have God. Nor is it based on intelligence, power, money, or beauty. Importance is found in sharing who we are with each other because all is gift. Being of service to each other and the world around us becomes a way of life. This is what happens when we celebrate the Body and Blood of Christ -- that we are the Body and Blood of Christ.
We celebrate God present within us in others, in all of creation, and in the bread that we break and the wine that we drink. We celebrate God not only in this building, but also in our homes and at our places of employment. We respect the earth and the environment because God is equally present here. We are drawn into an internal struggle when we see injustice and want to condemn. We suffer with those who don't have enough to eat, or have to endure bombs being dropped upon them. We grieve with the parents who see their children being convicted of a crime committed. We rejoice with the person who has received the promotion ahead of us. We beg God to help us forgive when another does something against us. When we find ourselves living in this way, we will begin to know how to be holy as God is holy. When we do these things, then we are being the Eucharist for one another. We will meet the divine who is always and forever one with our flesh.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Debbie, Jo, Carolyn, Chuck, Vita, Mary Ann R, Al C, Netta, Gene L & Fr Larry
- Renan Lacida
- Pilar David, Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, Mon Torres, and Fleur Torres
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ernesto Apacible
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Maria Carmina C. Almonte
- Birthday: Felisa Uy Go
- Wedding Anniversary: Isabel & Engr. Joseph Limchutick
- Wedding Anniversary: Jacinto & Glorie Ko
- In Memoriam (+): Paulino Lim Yu (Jun 17, 1968-Jun 1, 1991)
- In Memoriam (+): Chua Tam
- In Memoriam (+): David Gan
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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