June 23 was a celebration of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

Family reflection: Genesis 14:18-20 — Bread and wine become part of Israel’s ritual history. Psalm 110 — You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek! 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 — Paul affirms the importance of the Eucharist in the early church. Luke 9:11-17 — Jesus breaks and shares bread with a hungry crowd.

Bread and wine were an ancient component in Israel’s ritual history. Jesus infused their sharing with new meaning that has sustained the church to this day. When we regularly participate in the Eucharist, we can become immune to its unifying power for the whole world. This annual feast reminds us that it is our central liturgical act as Christians. Unity is deeply needed more than ever, and the source of that unity is literally in our hands.

Let us pray for one another.

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