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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Weekly Gospel Reflection
Fr. Luke passed away on August 10. Prior to his illness, he had prepared gospel reflections for each Sunday of the Liturgical year. We will continue to share his wisdom and faith.
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

June 23, 2019—Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

  Luke 9:11-17

Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Today’s Gospel demonstrates Jesus’ power over nature. He multiplies loaves and fish to satisfy the physical hunger of a crowd. This shows he can “multiply” his presence sacramentally to satisfy our spiritual hunger. Today we celebrate our belief that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. How can we best understand this?

When talking about Christ’s Real Presence to children, I ask what they believe. They say holy Communion is Jesus. “Does this mean,” I ask, “that Jesus shrinks and hides in the host?” “No,” they’ll call out, laughing. “Does Jesus stick a pin into his finger and let blood drip into the chalice?” The answer is a unanimous “No!” The children know what holy Communion is not, but need to learn what it is.

I ask them to recall their baby pictures: “You were a lot smaller then. Were you the same person you are today?” “Yes,” they answer. Then I say: “Imagine how big you’ll be in high school. You’ll still be the same person. So there’s something that makes you who you are, and it doesn’t depend on size or shape. ”

That’s how it was with Jesus. There was something that made him who he was as a tiny infant and as a full-grown adult. But Jesus is God; he can do what we cannot. He can take everything that makes him Jesus and fill the bread and wine with himself. They still look and taste like bread and wine, but they become Jesus.

“As you walk down the aisle to receive Communion, everything that makes you who you are fills your hands and eyes and every part of you. Jesus has filled the host with everything that makes him who he is. So when you receive the host, you receive Jesus, and he fills you with everything that makes him who he is. Now your hands are the hands of Jesus. Your eyes are his eyes. Remember his words, ‘Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me, and I in them.’ You go to Communion alone. When you return, there are two. You and Jesus.”

Indeed, a miracle of grace!

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