Faith and Family

Faith and Family for June 19: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ


First reading: Gn 14:18-20

Second reading: 1 Cor 11:23-26

Gospel: Lk 9:11b-17

UNDERSTAND | By Father Greg Friedman, OFM

A liturgist and teacher whom I know speaks of a part of the Mass which gets the least emphasis in our Sunday celebration. It comes at the very end of Mass, as the priest blesses the assembly and dismisses it. This short ceremony is really a “commissioning.” We’re being sent out into the world, to put the whole meaning of the Sunday Eucharist into practical action in our lives.

Today’s feast, which commemorates Christ’s gift of himself in the Eucharist, has two Scripture selections which help us appreciate this “under-emphasized” part of the Mass. Listen to Saint Paul describe to the Corinthians how Jesus blessed and broke bread at the Last Supper, and then hear Luke’s Gospel tell the story of Jesus feeding the crowd. The Gospel speaks of “blessing and breaking” the loaves as well.

Could Luke have meant us to hear this story of Jesus feeding the hungry, and intended us to think about the meaning of Eucharist as well?  How is Jesus the food that feeds our deepest hungers?  And could that connection teach us what we’re commissioned to do at every Eucharist: to take its power into everyday life where we’re called to feed others, with both physical and spiritual food?  Those are good questions to think about as we gather for Eucharist this weekend.


DISCUSS | By Father Dan Kroger, OFM

In the first reading, what did the priest Melchizedek use in order to confirm his blessing of Abram?

According to the second reading, what are the three things that Jesus did the night before he was taken prisoner?

How does this week’s Gospel compare to what we do at Sunday Mass?

ACT | By Susan Hines-Brigger

Gather your family or friends and make some food bags–sandwich, snack, water. You might even include a brief message of encouragement or a quote from today’s Gospel. Drive around your area and, if you come across someone begging on the side of the road, offer him or her one of your lunches. Or you might even consider handing out gift cards to some local restaurants.

Buy Gratitude and Grit: The Life of Blessed Solanus Casey