06/18/17: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
06/18/17: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christ) - Fr Dave Reeson
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06/18/17: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christ) - Fr Pat Nields
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The Lectionary today includes a non-scriptural passage, the sequence, which comes from the pen of the great theologian Saint Thomas Aquinas. The readings of the celebration deal with bread and wine (and fish in the Gospel) as signs of God’s covenant and of priesthood and remembrance. The sequence comes as a meditation on these same aspects and more as found in the Eucharist: sacrifice, memorial, Communion, salvation, all in Christ. Especially in year C, when the readings are shorter, it is a good idea to sing and preach on the longer version of the Sequence.
The first reading presents the mysterious character of Melchizedek, the king priest of Salem – what we know as Jerusalem. The Gospel reading concerning the loaves and the fishes only heightens this link, from Abraham and Jerusalem to the Covenant of Christ recounted in the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. The love of God fills all of these moments, and continues to be known by us through Communion and through the liturgy. How can we respond to this love, this covenant, this unbreakable friendship, which is life for us?
By Glenn CJ Byer, MA SLD © 2004, OCP. All rights reserved.