Lifelong Catechesis

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May 24, 2024

Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Reading I : Genesis 14:18-20

Blessed by God most High!

  • The first reading describes Melchizedek, king and priest in what would later be called Jerusalem.
  • Melchizedek blessed Abraham and offered him bread and wine.
  • The offering of bread and wine to Abraham relates to the Eucharistic sacrifice of the Mass.

Reading II : 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Each time you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord.

  • In the passage from 1 Corinthians, Paul is scolding the wealthy members of the community for having special dinners and excluding the poor.
  • The Corinthians misunderstood that their sharing in the Eucharistic meal made them one body with each other, the Body of Christ.
  • Paul reminded the Corinthians that Jesus was present whenever they told the story and shared the meal.

Gospel : Luke 9:11b-17

Christ feeds us.

  • Luke’s version of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes has been influenced by the liturgical practices of the Christians.
  • The words describing Jesus’ actions reflect the telling of the Eucharistic story.
  • Jesus does not feed the crowd but instructs the disciples to do so. This suggests the ministries in the Church of distributing the Eucharistic food and sharing meals with the hungry.