Readings: June 2, 2013 The Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus (Corpus Christi)

  • Genesis 14:18-20

   In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine—he was priest of The High God—and blessed him:

   Blessed be Abram by The High God, Creator of Heaven and Earth.And blessed be The High God, who handed your enemies over to you.

   Abram gave him a tenth of all the recovered plunder.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Brothers and sisters: let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. Having given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, broken for you. Do this to remember me.

   After supper, he did the same thing with the cup: This cup is my blood, my new covenant with you. Each time you drink this cup, remember me.

   What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

  • Luke 9:11-17

   Jesus talked to the crows about the kingdom of God. Those who needed healing, he healed.

      Bread and Fish for Five Thousand

    As the day declined, the Twelve said, “Dismiss the crowd so they can go to the farms or villages around here and get a room for the night and a bite to eat. We’re out in the middle of nowhere.”

   “You feed them,” Jesus said.

   They said, “We couldn’t scrape up more than five loaves of bread and a couple of fish—unless, of course, you want us to go to town ourselves and buy food for everybody.” (There were more than five thousand people in the crowd.)

   But he went ahead and directed his disciples, “Sit them down in groups of about fifty.” They did what he said, and soon had everyone seated. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread and fish to the disciples to hand out to the crowd. After the people had all eaten their fill, twelve baskets of leftovers were gathered up.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

1 Comment

  1. Mary Riley

    Wed 29th May 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I so love the story of the “loaves and the fishes” and of course
    like most, heard it first as a child. it has great appeal, I think
    to school age children, and lodges in their consciousness as
    a useful tool for their subsequent lives as each of us begins
    continues and ends as part of just such a “crowd.” The
    teacher, or boy or girl scout leader, or “leader” kids gives us
    badly needed guidance how to tame the ‘crowd” around us,
    change from mere “consumers” to “providers” .

    I had a good friend shortly after my husband died I met him,
    sent by the little Weekly paper I wrote for in Harrisburg,to
    interview him. He was Norman Lourie, retired when I met him
    but he had served as second banana down from the Sec’y
    of Welfare under 7 ( count em) governers both R and D.

    After his retirement he was sent to Manilla to organize the
    Refugee camp there at the close of the Vietnam war. A
    very similar scene met him, crowds of people waiting in an
    endless line to be fed. He quickly orgnized a better plan,
    telling them, have each group, (families, etc.) elect one person
    to go and get the food for your group. He cut the time taken
    up for meals considerably! He loved to tell this story, his
    personal “loaves and fishes” story. Norman was a Jew, not
    particularly observant, but his whole life was alert to need,
    he also organized food dist. after the big Hurricane whch hit
    Harrisburg area, ( I forget her name) We became quiet close
    but he was quite a bit older than me ( both of us widowed) and
    in the end parted . He died a few years ago. He’d have loved
    that I remembered him, reading this great biblical story.

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