The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Year C by Fr. Isaac A Mensah

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The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Year C by Fr. Isaac A Mensah


First Reading Gen 14:18-20

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 110

Second Reading 1 Cor 11:23-26

Gospel Reading Luke 9:11b-17


Theme: “They all ate and were satisfied”




Every person in the world wants to know what will make him or her happy. We’re all desperately seeking for the person, place, or thing that will meet our expectations, needs, and wants. What will truly satisfy the desires of our heart? For the epicurean the pursuit of happiness is the greatest goal of human life. However true happiness subsists and exists in Jesus Christ. This is captured beautifully in the readings of today.


Explanation of the text


Our first reading presents to us a strange personality- Melechizedek who is described as a Priest and King and he comes to meet Abram and offers a strange items of bread and wine for sacrifice. These items are strange because in the Old Testament we only know of animals for sacrifices. But who is Melechizedek? Scholars are divided on the identity of this Priest-King because there is hazy or sketchy information about him in the scriptures.


However the typical value of Melehizedek’s priesthood lies not merely in his being “king of righteousness and king of peace,” but even more in his priesthood being universal, limited by no external ordinances, and attached to no particular race or people.


Moreover, he is a king-priest (Psalms 110), and by taking precedence of Abram. and blessing him, and receiving of him tithes, he became the representative of a higher priesthood than any that could spring from Abram’s loins. He is therefore a foreshadow of the Priesthood of Christ in the New Testament.


In the gospel, we read how Jesus taught the milling crowd, healed them and fed them. He didn’t only take care of their spiritual needs, but the physical needs as well. And we are told that they ate and were satisfied. The feeding of the five thousand was a preparation to his Passover where he will no longer give us bread but his own body and not fish but his own blood. This is what St. Paul’s recounts in our second reading about the institution of the Eucharist.


Indeed the Eucharist is the summit and source of the Church’s life. We are therefore called upon to celebrate and receive it worthily. Jesus is more than enough to satisfy our needs. What the world needs now is Jesus and the yearnings of man can truly be satisfied in Jesus. As we encourage the celebration and reception of the Eucharist, may humanity’s earnest desires be satisfied.


Shalom and Happy Father’s Day to you.


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