June 23th, 2019

Body and Blood of Christ

Year C

Bread and wine, the sacrament of the body and blood of Jesus, nourish our life with a love that overcomes evil by self-giving.

Gen 14:18-20; Ps 109 (110); 1Cor 11:23-26; Lc 9:11b-17

Today, one image dominates the liturgy: “to offer, to deliver, to give”. Melchizedek offers bread and wine to Abraham. As Saint Paul announces, Jesus also offers bread and wine, making it the real sign of his life offered for all. In Luke, the Twelve must offer the little they have by listening to the word of Jesus that urges them to take on the hunger of the crowds. They would like to “dismiss” the people; Jesus, on the contrary, welcomes her and teaches to welcome. If the little we have is held back, it rots, like the manna in the desert; if on the contrary it is offered, it mysteriously rises and suffices to satisfy everyone’s hunger. Today, however, the verb “to deliver” also sounds to the passive: on the night when he was “betrayed”, “delivered”, Jesus “delivered” himself into the bread and wine. The offer not only transforms the limit by making it rise, as in the sign of divided loaves, but even reaches the point of reversing the logic of a betrayal in that of a love that is offered to overcome every form of evil and sin. Feeding on this bread and this wine means allowing the love of Jesus to nourish and transform our life: from the limit retained to the limit offered; from the pain suffered to a love given to win that same evil.

Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza

Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey

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