June 23, 2019: Sacred Feedings
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi in Latin). We hear St. Paul’s version of what Jesus did at the Last Supper. Matthew, Mark, and Luke also tell the story. Each celebration of the Eucharist throughout the Christian centuries includes the same actions that happened that evening – taking bread and wine, blessing them, breaking the bread, and eating and drinking.
This Last Supper account is put side by side with Luke’s story of the multiplication of loaves and fish to feed a large crowd. Similar actions happen in this scene – taking, blessing, eating. These two scenes of Jesus’ actions portray how God is toward us in our need for nourishment and healing. It moves us to give thanks to God. This we do at each Eucharist.
How does your repeated celebration of the Eucharist help you to know God’s compassionate love?