THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST Solemnity
Also Read: Mass Readings for 19 June 2022
First Reading: Genesis 14: 18-20
(18) And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High, brought Abram some bread and wine. (19) Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing: “Blessed be Abram by God
Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. (20)And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you.”
Abram rescued his nephew Lot and God blessed him. Melchizedek offers bread and wine to Abram, as a more honored guest than himself even though he is the priest-king of Jerusalem. The faith of Abram is highlighted here even as he subdues his enemies.
May we strengthen our faith daily through reading scripture and personal alone time with God.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 110: 1-4
(1) The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.”
(3) When you go to war, your people will serve you willingly. You are arrayed in holy garments, and your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew.
When we are in the battle against our enemies we have an ever-present help in Our Lord God Himself. If we turn to Him, we will be renewed in the Lord’s strength every morning. Amen!
Second Reading: First Corinthians 11: 23-26
(26)For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
Christ Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper. We commemorate his covenant with us every time we celebrate the Holy Mass. May we worthily celebrate this privilege. Amen!
Gospel: Luke 9: 11b-17
(13) But Jesus said, “You feed them.”
May we develop the faith to feed the hungry with food in spirit and body. And like from the oaks of Mamre the Lord shall provide us assistance in his work.
(16) Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. (NLT)
The Lord provides what we need, every time, in Jesus’ name. May we in turn provide to those in need.