Sunday 19 th June 2022
Entrance Antiphon : Cf. Ps 80: 17
He fed them with the finest wheat and satisfied them with honey from the rock.
O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
First reading : Genesis 14:18-20
Melchizedek king of Salem brought bread and wine; he was a priest of God Most High. He pronounced this blessing: ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, creator of heaven and earth, and blessed be God Most High for handing over your enemies to you.’ And Abram gave him a tithe of everything.
R/ You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.
- The Lord’s revelation to my Master: ‘Sit on my right: your foes I will put beneath your feet.’
- The Lord will wield from Zion your sceptre of power: rule in the midst of all your foes.
- A prince from the day of your birth on the holy mountains; from the womb before the dawn I begot you.
- The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change. ‘You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.’
Second reading : 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
This is what I received from the Lord, and in turn passed on to you: that on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this as a memorial of me.’ In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’ Until the Lord comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death.
Gospel Acclamation : Jn6:51
Alleluia, alleluia! I am the living bread which has come down from heaven, says the Lord. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever. Alleluia!
Gospel : Luke 9:11-17
Jesus made the crowds welcome and talked to them about the kingdom of God; and he cured those who were in need of healing. It was late afternoon when the Twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the people away, and they can go to the villages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here.’ He replied, ‘Give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they said, ‘We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we are to go ourselves and buy food for all these people.’ For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, ‘Get them to sit down in parties of about fifty.’ They did so and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over them; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd. They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps remaining were collected they filled twelve baskets.
Prayer over the Offerings
Grant your Church, O Lord, we pray, the gifts of unity and peace, whose signs are to be seen in mystery in the offerings we here present. Through Christ our Lord.
Communion Antiphon : Jn 6: 57
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.
Prayer after Communion
Grant, O Lord, we pray, that we may delight for all eternity in that share in your divine life, which is foreshadowed in the present age by our reception of your precious Body and Blood. Who live and reign for ever and ever.
In the new testament, god’s caring character comes alive in jesus christ. Jesus fed his disciples and a great multitude and two occasions. He fed 5000 in galilee (mark 6:30-44; matt 14:13-21; luke 9:10-17; john 6:1-14). He also fed another crowd of 4000 people (mark 8:1-10; matt 15:32-39). All these miracles were possible because of obedience to the word of god. Without understanding, the disciples “carry out” jesus’ recommendation to make more than 5,000 people sit to share an insignificant meal with them. The obedience of faith, even when things are incomprehensible and not obvious, gives victory to those who believe in god. Through faith, the omnipotence of god is manifested in our lives and dispels our misunderstandings, despair, incurable diseases, deserts and other situations that make us doubt the possibility of tomorrow. It is good to listen to and carry out the word of god. In the end, it works wonders in our lives.