ORDINARY TIME: BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST [C] — “Received” and “Passed On” Jesus’ Self-Sacrificing Life—Faith Celebrated

LUKE 9, 11 – 17  

11  Jesus made the crowds welcome and talked to them about the kingdom of God; and he cured those who were in need of healing.

12  It was late afternoon when the Twelve came up to him and said, ‘Send the people away, and they can go to the villages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here.’

13  He replied, ‘Give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they said, ‘We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we are to go ourselves and buy food for all these people.’

14  For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, ‘Get them to sit down in parties of about fifty.’

15  They did so and made them all sit down.

16  Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over them; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd.

Miracle of Five Loaves and Two Fish Artist - Sieger Koder

Miracle of Five Loaves and Two Fish
Artist: Sieger Koder

17  They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps left over were collected they filled twelve baskets.

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FAITH CELEBRATED

The narrative depicts Jesus performing a miracle in eucharistic language as he took … blessed … broke … and handed the bread and the fish to his disciples to feed the crowd (G, Alleluia).

Luke 9, 10 Miracle of Five Loaves and Two Fish Near Bethsaida in Galilee - Hometown of Philip, Andrew, and Peter Panorama view - Israel Archeology

Luke 9, 10 Miracle of Five Loaves and Two Fish
Near Bethsaida in Galilee – Hometown of Philip, Andrew, and Peter
Panorama view – Israel Archeology

 

Luke 9, 10 Jesus in Tabgha, Region of Bethsaida Art Source: christiananswers.net

Luke 9, 10
Jesus in Tabgha, Region of Bethsaida
Art Source: christiananswers.net

 

Mosaic Fish & Loaves Church of Miracle of Multiplication of the Loaves & Fish Tabgha, Region of Bethsaida Pix Source: Yael Alef 2007

Mosaic of Fish & Loaves
Church of Miracle of Multiplication of the Loaves & Fish
Tabgha, Region of Bethsaida
Pix Source: Yael Alef 2007

With St Paul we have also “received” and are to “hand on” this tradition of Jesus’ self-sacficing life to others, in anticipation of the eternal banquet at the endtime in God’s kingdom (2, Alleluia).

SOURCES CONSULTED  

Reginald H. Fuller and Daniel Westberg, Preaching the Lectionary: The Word of God for the Church Today (Rev Ed).  Liturgical Press 1984.

Bruce J Malina and Richard L Rohrbaugh, Social-Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels. Fortress Press 2003.

The New Jerusalem Bible [NJB].  DLT & Doubleday & Co, 1985. 

SONGS

GATHERING

Gather Us In
Marty Haugen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbNXqjwh8is

PRESENTATION & PREPARATION OF GIFTS

Seed, Scattered and Sown
Dan Feiten
Tune: SEED SCATTERED
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HGiozLMJTk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK550LBqInQ

COMMUNION

Taste and See — Psalm 34
James E Moore
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyQNNLVY05M

COMMUNION MEDITATION

Now We Remain
David Haas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd3lShuZNmU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR6UqcYa_rc

SENDING FORTH

Bread For The World
Bernadette Farrell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3ABJGtnZwU

From_To

 

 

 

FAITH CONVERTED

Like St Paul (2) and Melchizedek (1, P) the prototype priest-king, how is my active and conscious participation in the celebration of the eucharist leading me to “pass on” what I have “received” from the Lord in the Eucharist, as:

 

  • a priestly member of Christ’s body, bringing God’s blessings of Christ’s sacrifice to others, and
  • a kingly people, acting in self-sacrificing love for the life of others and of God’s creation?
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