"Five loaves and two fish are all we have."

Following the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, we will celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi this coming Sunday. The Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord is another mystery of Faith that the Holy Spirit has defined for us according to what the Lord had taught. The gospel reading is taken from Luke 9:11-17.

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Corpus Christi Sunday, June 2, 2013 (CorpusChristiC)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

Sunday Readings 
Lecturas y Comentarios 
Prayer of the Hours
Burning Question: Is Jesus' Truly Present in the Holy Eucharist?

Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.

First Reading

Genesis 14:18-20

1. In what ways does Melchizedek prefigure Jesus?

2. Discuss the properties of bread and wine and their benefits to the body when consumed. Why do you think Melchizedek chose them for offerings? Why do you think Jesus did the same?

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 110: 1, 2, 3, 4

1. The Psalm speaks of the anointing of Jesus as our Savior, who will rule in the midst of His enemies. Tell of how you have relied on our Savior to fight your spiritual enemies on your behalf.

2. With our Lord so powerful and seated at the right hand of the Father, does it surprise you that He would come down from heaven to mingle his precious body and blood with our human flesh and blood? Explain.

Second Reading
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

1. What do you think Jesus meant when he said, “Do this in remembrance of me”? To what does “this” refer? Could it mean more than one thing? He said “do this.” Is it something for the present and future or something to remember in the past?

2. Explain “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes,” in the light of the breaking of the bread.

Luke 9:11b-17

1. Which would be the more impressive miracle, an actual multiplication of loaves and fish or thousands of people sharing their food with each other? Whose work makes it possible that Jesus’ gift of his passion, death and resurrection are limitlessly multiplied in every Eucharistic celebration?

2. The reading says, “They ate and were satisfied.” What or who would you encounter in a person if s/he were Eucharist to you? Would you be satisfied? Does Jesus come into us in the Eucharist or do we enter into him?

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1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont6:30 PM


    Psalm 110: 1, 2, 3, 4

    “The Lord said to my Lord: 'Sit at my right
    hand till I make your enemies your footstool.”

    Our psalmist David, speaks of the Messiah
    who is to come. For us, the psalm is about
    the anointing of Jesus as our Savior,
    Jesus as the everlasting King and Priest.
    Christ will take His throne at the right hand
    of God, as our psalmist predicts. Christ will
    make His enemies His footstool. He is able
    to do this because the Father has empowered
    Him to rule over His enemies.

    And how does Christ's victory affect us earthly
    humans? The truth is that we too are in the midst
    of the same spiritual battle that Christ has already
    fought. And His victory means for us that we can
    be victors as well – victors, not victims. And for that,
    we praise God and give thanks to our King.

    This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the
    Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).
    How is it that Jesus, anointed as the everlasting King
    and Priest, humbled himself to pour out his blood
    on the cross for us, common sinners? How is it that
    such a mighty King is willing to co-mingle his very
    flesh and blood with our own fallen flesh and blood?
    All we can know is that God's plan intends that His
    perfect divine presence enters into our fallen, human
    presence and offers healing, wisdom, salvation,
    and hope. (Word Among Us, June 2nd)

    How blessed we are that although we are not worthy
    to receive Him, He gives us angels' food, bread from
    heaven – “He fed them with the finest wheat and satisfied
    them with honey from the rock.” (Ps 81: 17)

    Our Lord is both shepherd and lamb to us,
    His well tended flock. As the Paschal lamb, He spilled
    His lifeblood for us, feeding us as God sent manna to
    our spiritual fathers.
    “Very bread, good shepherd, tend us,
    Jesus, You who all things can and know,
    Who on earth such food bestow.” (Sequence, Laud, O Zion)

    How remarkable that our Lord, though seated
    at the right hand of the Father, comes down from
    heaven so that we sinners might have a share
    in His divinity. “I am the living bread that came down
    from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread
    will live forever.” (Jn 6: 51)

    We are inspired to offer our prayers of thanksgiving
    to our Lord --
    “Grant O Lord, we pray,
    that we may delight for all eternity
    in that share in your divine life,
    which is foreshadowed in the present age
    by our reception of your precious Body and Blood.”
    (Mass, Prayer after Communion, June 2nd)