Word and Song for the Weekend: June 22

Every year, the second after Pentecost celebrates the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.  This day was and is still known by many as "Corpus Christi" (Body of Christ).

The first scripture (from Deuteronomy) finds Moses reminding the people of how God fed them in the desert with the gift of manna.  The second lesson (from 1 Corinthians) reminds us of how early in the history of our faith did our ancestors understand that in the breaking of the bread and in the sharing of the cup we have a participation in the Body and Blood of Christ.  The gospel (from John 6) reinforces the Pauline text, reminding us that Christ's flesh is true food and his blood true drink, offered to us that we might have eternal life.  Some of those hearing Jesus speak these words had trouble understanding and believing him.  Some, today, struggle with the same questions.

You'll find Sunday's scriptures and commentary on them here and if you're shepherding children to Mass, you'll find hints for helping them prepare to hear the Word here.

As you're reading and pondering the weekend's scriptures, you might want to listen to and pray with some music suited to the feast we're about to celebrate.  The widget below offers 17 songs to nurture your prayer and your preparation for this feast.  (Follow these links for translations of Ave Verum, O Salutaris, Panis Angelicus and Pange Lingua.)


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