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Transforming bread and wine Print E-mail
Written by Jean Denton   
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood

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

One day, just after starting my first job on a parish staff, I went searching for paper stock and wandered into the wrong supply closet, where I stumbled onto the church’s stash of sacramental wine.

I stood staring at several stacks of cardboard boxes that contained large bottles of wine. But I knew the bottles’ secret. My initial reaction was that I’d exposed them, opened the door on them before they became the blood of Christ.

This week’s readings recall the covenant of Christ’s body and blood, transformed from ordinary bread and wine and given for our nourishment and salvation. In his First Letter to the Corinthians, Paul recollects Jesus establishing that covenant at the Last Supper.

But the Gospel story of the multiplication of loaves and fish emphasizes the infinite supply of the Lord’s offering. We witness on the mountainside Jesus beginning with a small amount of bread and feeding thousands of his hungry followers. When all were satisfied, there was plenty available for whoever would come later. The message is that an endless supply line will continue everywhere and forever, as long as people come seeking Jesus.

Since the Last Supper, Christians have provided bread and wine from sources in their own communities throughout the world and throughout the centuries — from vineyards and wheat fields to casks, jars, and ovens to bottles and boxes to storehouses and closets.

From there, they are brought to altars, where they are consecrated as Jesus’ body and blood to nourish and save the faithful again and again.

I found ordinary wine in a closet in a church office building. But as I received it in Communion the next Sunday, it was not the same, and neither was I.


This column is offered in cooperation with The North Texas Catholic of Fort Worth, Texas.

 
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