FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI
June 23, 2019
WORD of the DAY
The crowds, meanwhile, learned of this and followed him. He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. 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.” He said to them, “Give them some food yourselves. (Luke 9: 11-13)
How shall I live this Word?
Being welcomed, educated, healed, nourished by Jesus are the attitudes which drew the crowds who had set out to seek and follow the Master. It is His Style, fully human because divine: feeding the body, the mind, the heart and healing the body, the mind, the heart. They are not surrogates that are offered, but His Life, the total gift of Himself: His Body and His Blood. This teaches His disciples to live the same dynamic, to take charge, not to leave it to others. The Lord Jesus by giving us His Body and Blood to remain with us asks each one of us to make ourselves a gift of His Presence, to become a hand, a foot, a heart! We bless and thank you Lord!
Your Body and Your Blood Jesus are the gift through which You wanted to remain with us, Gifts of intimacy and strength. Only if we are fed of You and by You, can we become bread broken for our sisters and brothers. AMEN!
The Voice of Pope Francis, Homily of May 30, 2013
Where does the invitation come from that Jesus makes the disciples feed the multitude themselves? It comes from two elements: first of all from the crowd that, following Jesus, is outside, away from the inhabited places, while it is evening, and then by the concern of the disciples who ask Jesus to dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the neighboring towns to find food and lodging (Cf. Lk 9:12). Faced with the necessity of the crowd, here is the solution of the disciples: everyone thinks of him/herself; dismiss the crowd! How many times do we Christians have this temptation! We do not take on the needs of others, dismissing them with a pitiful: “May God help you”, or with a not so pitiful: “Good luck”… But Jesus’ solution goes in another direction, a direction that surprises the disciples: “You feed them” …It is a moment of profound communion: the crowd quenched by the word of the Lord, is now nourished by His bread of life. And all were satisfied.
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