June 19, 2022
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
We Receive God’s Very Life
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
1 Corinthians 11:26

The Bible tells us that our troubles began with a bad meal. In the beginning, God created a world for us that we were invited to receive as the gift that it was. Instead, we seized and grasped and took hold of the forbidden fruit in an act of self-assertion. This taking for ourselves rather than being open to receive is the source of the alienation and enmity that so mark our world. At the Last Supper, Jesus sets out to undo the bad meal of Eden. He wants to reestablish that gracious meal during which the Son of God shares his life with his disciples. For his part, this will require a supreme act of love, since in a world gone wrong, there is no communion without sacrifice. In the Eucharist, we receive God’s very life as the gift that it is and are sent forth to share it with others. God forbid that I ever take this gift for granted.

- Fr. Dennis Gallagher, A.A.

Genesis 14:18-20 • Psalm 110:1-4 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 • Luke 9:11b-17

Comments

June 20, 2022 at 11:10 PM

Lovely explanation of the holy Eucharist.

June 19, 2022 at 02:08 PM

Many blessings to all the Fathers and Father figures, today. I will be spending my time with some of my children here while the others are on the east coast. Prayers to those who struggle with fatherhood. Know that there is help.

June 19, 2022 at 01:38 PM

Amen.

June 19, 2022 at 09:29 AM

Amen.

June 19, 2022 at 09:07 AM

Very thought provoking Father Dennis! Got me to thinking further—our very own first meal is meant to be life saving colostrum (the antibody rich ‘milk’ new mom’s produce right after birth) and our last meal if we are fortunate is the soul saving body of Christ during Last Rites or Sacrament of the Sick. God’s huge plan for us begins before our birth and extends beyond our earthly life. It’s reassuring to know as I travel through this life God has me on His map and is in the drivers seat.

June 19, 2022 at 08:15 AM

Thank you Jesus for the gift of yourself in the Eucharist. Happy Father's Dayto all Fathers Grandfathers Godfathers and our spiritual Fathers both living and deceased

Kjc
June 19, 2022 at 01:35 PM

Vicky G, Katj, Joann, and azmom you guys are truly prayer warriors. Living faith family please keep praying for Anthony and Stephanie who are suffering from emotional and physical pain and Ralph and Margaret who have been going through end of life issues. I am so grateful for being a father and God parent multiple times. Thank you for your prayers. Ken

June 19, 2022 at 08:15 AM

I love this depiction of taking vs receiving. I had never looked at the last supper as a new righteous "meal" to replace the sinful selfish "meal" of the forbidden fruit.

June 19, 2022 at 08:02 AM

Many Blessings to all the LFF Dads on this Fathers Day!

Lia
June 19, 2022 at 09:25 AM

Amen. Blessings to all the Dads of LFF and beyond (like Buzz Light Year :) on this Father's Day!

June 19, 2022 at 07:59 AM

God .... Thank You for all the gift's you have given us. Thank You for the gift of my Father, may he be at peace with you in heaven. To all the Dad"s either here or at rest in heaven...." Happy Father's Day "

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