June 19 2022 Gospel and Other Readings with Reflection

Corpus Christi – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

First Reading – Genesis 14:18-20
18 In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, and being a priest of God Most High,
19 he blessed Abram with these words: “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, the creator of heaven and earth;
20 and blessed be God Most High, who delivered your foes into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 110:1, 2, 3, 4

Response: You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

1 The LORD said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand
till I make your enemies your footstool.”

Response: You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek. You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

2 The sceptre of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion:
“Rule in the midst of your enemies.”

Response: You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek. You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

3 “Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendour;
before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you.”

Response: You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek. You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

4 The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent:
“You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Response: You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek. You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

Second Reading – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Brothers and sisters:
23 I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over took bread,
24 and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
25 In the same way, also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

Alleluia – John 6:51

Response: Alleluia, alleluia.
51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live forever.
Response: Alleluia, alleluia.

6/19/2022 Today’s Gospel – Luke 9:11B-17

11B Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured.
12 As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, “Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.”
13 He said to them, “Give them some food yourselves.” They replied, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people.”
14 Now the men there numbered about five thousand. Then he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty.”
15 They did so and made them all sit down.
16 Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
17 They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.

6/19/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection: God is more than enough.

In the gospel reading above, Jesus taught the people about the kingdom of God. Then he cured the sick. After that, he fed them and they were all satisfied. Indeed, in Jesus we find wisdom, healing and satisfaction.

Let us look again at the gospel. The day is about to end. The disciples were about to worry about food and shelter and suggested to Jesus to dismiss the crowd. Yet Jesus is undisturbed. He took the situation as an opportunity to make a miracle and show them that He is in control. So He told them to give them food. However, they only have five loaves and two fish. They wonder how they can feed five thousand men plus women and most probably children.

Jesus is our God of multiplication. Whatever little resources we have, let us offer to Him and ask Him to bless it. After all, all resources, wealth, or treasure come from Him. He knows how to make them available for our needs. He will not allow us to go hungry.

There is an important lesson that we need to learn from this multiplication of bread episode. Let us never underestimate the generosity and power of God. His power can make the impossible possible and His provision is more than enough.

Today, we reflect on how good Jesus is as He gives His very own flesh and blood to become food for our souls. The very act of giving Himself to enter our body and become part of our whole being shows how much He loves us. May we be able to understand and show our profound appreciation of this great mystery of the Eucharist.

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