READINGS for 2007-06-10

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Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ


“This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” – 1 Corinthians 11:24

 “Everything in man should halt in awe. Let all the world quake and let heaven exult when Christ the Son of the Living God is there on the altar in the hands of the priest.”
                                                                                             — St. Francis of Assisi
      “I wish now to affirm that I believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in this Sacrament, truly God and truly man, the Son of God, the Son of the Virgin Mary. This I believe and hold for true and certain.”
                                                                       — St. Thomas Aquinas
                                                                           (on his deathbed)
       “We cannot separate our lives from the Eucharist; the moment we do, something   breaks.”
                                                                       — Mother Teresa
       “The Eucharist is... a foretaste of the fullness of joy promised by Christ... it is in some way the anticipation of heaven, the ‘pledge of future glory’.”
Pope John Paul II
                                                                          (Encyclical Letter
                                                                           Ecclesia de

       “Amen.” Alvin B.

When you receive Holy Communion, do you feel and believe in the real presence of Jesus? Receive Him today.

“Down in adoration falling; Lo! The sacred Host we hail.”


Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ


Genesis 14:18-20

Tithing, a primarily Old Testament principle, can be a very controversial topic today. I think that it is important for us to remember a couple of things in this regard. Firstly, when we look at the concept of tithing, we see that there are three tithes – one for livelihood of the priestly tribe of Levi (unlike all the other tribes of Israel they had no land); a second tithe for the maintenance of the Temple and other religious events and purposes, and thirdly what we might call a “social security tithe” for the care of widows, orphans, foreigners etc. This amounts to 27.1% in all, not just a mere 10%!
18 Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, and being a priest of God Most High, he blessed Abram with these words: 19 “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.


Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4

R: You are priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek

1 The LORD said to my LORD: “Sit at my right hand till I make your enemies your footstool.” (R) 2 The scepter of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion: “ Rule in the midst of your enemies.” (R) 3“Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor; before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you.” (R) 4 The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent: “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” (R)


1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Continuing on with tithing, once we recognize the reasons for the tithe, we should make a decision on how each of us as responsible citizens of the Kingdom of God are going to contribute to the needs of the Church as they are today. For some this may mean giving 10% of their income; for others it may be less; and for others it may mean more, even considerably more when we take into account the New Testament teaching on wealth and how dangerous it can be if not used wisely!
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.

Luke 9:11-17


Jesus gives us the gift of His Body and Blood in the Eucharist to sustain us on our earthly pilgrimage. All the blessings that we receive from God should be directed to this same end, namely our salvation and the glory of God. As we reflect upon the priceless nature of the gift of the Eucharist, let us pray for the grace to be as generous as Jesus has been to us in the way that we offer our lives and our resources in the service of the Kingdom of God.
11 The crowds, meanwhile, learned of this and followed Jesus. He received them and spoke to them 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.

my reflections
Once we recognize the reasons for tithing, we should make a decision on how each of us as responsible citizens of the Kingdom of God are going to contribute to the needs of the Church.



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Once a seminarian was sent to a poor village for an “immersion”. Immediately upon arriving and seeing the wretched condition of the people, the seminarian whispers to himself, “Kawawa naman” (How pitiful they are). He lives with one of the poor families, eating what the family eats, sleeping where the family sleeps, sharing practically in everything – if there was anything. He ends every day with the thought: kawawa naman. In the course of his stay, one of the children became so sick but because the family did not have the money to bring their child to the hospital, the child dies. During the wake, the seminarian says, “Kawawa naman”. When the period for his “immersion” is over, the leader of the village asks the seminarian what he thinks about their community. The seminarian answered, “Kawawa naman”. “Is there anything you can do for us?” asks the leader. “Do?” asked the seminarian. “But I came to observe, not to serve,” said the seminarian. The leader told the young priest-to-be, “Hijo, kawawa ka naman” (“How I pity you, young man”).
      The Twelve saw the hunger of the people in the Gospel today, but they were at a lost how to satisfy it. They themselves were hungry. But Jesus thought otherwise: “Give them something to eat yourselves.” And when the Twelve brought to Jesus the little they had...
      It is not enough to recognize the needs of our brethren. We must do something about them. Compassion for others is not simply feeling sorry for those who are in need. Compassion should lead us to empathy whereby we experience what others experience. This empathy should be so strong so as to move us to serve those whom we observe.
      Running away or sending the people away was not the solution for the problem that confronted Jesus and the Twelve in the Gospel today. Staying and sharing what they had was!
      Be the best example of what you proclaim. We preach Christ crucified and raised from the dead. We proclaim that He is alive and made Himself food for the life of the world. This is our message. Fr. Bobby T.

REFLECTION QUESTION: What are the needs of my brethren and how can I satisfy them?

Jesus, Eucharistic King, thank You for giving us Your Body and Blood so that we may have Your life within us. What we have does not suffice for the many and varied needs of our brethren, but here we are, giving our selves to You so that You may bless us and may make us Your blessings to others. Amen.

St. Getulius and Companions, martyrs, pray for us.

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