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14 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Feeding of the multitude: Prophet, Messiah, Eucharist By FATHER DONALD DILGER Columnist Gospel Commentary for June 14, 1998: Corpus Christi: The Body And Blood Of Jesus: Cycle C: Luke 9:Ilb-17 The natural day for a celebration honoring the body and blood of Jesus in the Eucharist is Holy Thursday. Corpus Christi may be considered a dupli- cation of Holy Thursday but with less emphasis on the tragedy and suffering which Holy Thursday implies through its association with the following day, Good Friday. Some historical background: for about the first one thousand years of the Church, the emphasis on celebration of the Eucharist was as a sacred action. It was viewed more as a representation of Jesus" sacrifice and the participation of the faithful in a sacred meal as part of the sacrifice rather than as enduring presence of Christ among God&apos;s people. Even though the "Real Presence" of Jesus was necessary for the renewal of sacrifice and participation in the sacred meal, the Real Presence did not claim the attention it got later. Even though fragments of the Eucharistic Body.and perhaps also Eucharistic Blood were preserved and carried to the sick, there was no special adoration given to the consecrated remains from the Mass; only due rever- ence in handling and sharing. In the eleventh and twelfth centuries, as a result of controversies associated with Berengarius of Tours, who denied there was any change brought about in the bread and wine through the sacramental words of consecration, a new movement arose to encourage the cult or adoration of the Eucharistic fragments reserved for sharing with the sick. As time went on, Catholic Christians began to develop a desire to see and adore the Eucharistic presence of Jesus under the form of the consecrated bread. By the 136 century gazing upon the EucharMic Bread at the elevation replaced communion for many participants at Mass. In 1209 a nun of the Diocese of Liege, Belgium, had an oft-repeated vision of the full moon in splen- dor except for one dark spot. She developed an interpretation that the moon represented the Church and the dark spot was the absence of a feast to honor the Body and Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament. The bishop of Liege in 1246 instituted such a feast for his diocese. It spread through much of Europe. When the archdeacon of Liege years later became Pope Urban IV, he extend- ed this feast to the whole Church. This establish- ment met with resistance even at Liege and Rome and it took another 50 years and more papal decrees before the Feast of Corpus Christi spread rapidly throughout the Church. The gospel appropriately chosen for this day is Luke's version of Jesus feeding the multitude. Luke places this story in the context of the first mission of Jesus' disciples: They preached the good news of Jesus and brought healing to many. Herod Antipas, ruler of Galilee, is worried that John the Baptizer, whom he had beheaded, has returned. Herod says, "John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such thing?" Luke's story of the feeding of the multitude is placed to answer that question for early Christianity. It was widely believed among the Jews of the time that when the Messiah comes God's people would again be fed with bread from heaven. Luke's story is intended to depict Jesus as the awaited Mes- siah. Another expectation is based on a statement attributed to Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy, "The Lord God will raise up a prophet like me from among you .... to him you shall listen." Jesus is depicted in this story as this prophet-like-Moses. As June1 Moses fed the people in the wilderness the people in the wilderness, as the gospel l; "This is a desert-place." It should also be just as Moses brought the Torah or his people, so Jesus is depicted by Luke as his people, "He welcomed them and spoke t! the kingdom of God." The actions of Jesus trayed by Luke are intended to show of the multitude is symbolic of the of Jesus and the feeding of his disciples body and blood at the Last Supper. Luke "Taking the five loaves and two fishes to heaven, and blessed and broke t them to the disciples .... "So also at but with bread and wine rather than bread The absence of leftover fish in Luke's ther indication that he wanted to acle as a symbol of the Eucharist. model for his story in the Gospel of version had leftover fish. Luke eliminates the Perhaps the most important point us is found in the dialogue between ciples before the miracle. The disciples shoW selves to be very human, wanting to hangers-on. They are in the way, a Jesus to send them away. His reply, "You give . something to eat!" What has this story? Teaching, healing, material turn symbolizes spiritual food. The ChurCh i missioned and commanded to do all of the the words, "You give them baskets of food left over reinforce work is to continue. Jesus said the same ferent words at the Last Supper, "Do memoration of me!" 4 Readings: Genesis 14:18-20; I Corinthif=ns L 26; Luke 9:11b-17. WILLIAMS HEALTH Charles C. Jeffrey W. Mart< I0 Golden Jubilarians Elmer and Dolores Kiesel will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 2:30 p.m. June 13 at St. James Church, HaubstadL A reception and dinner will fol- low in Madden Hall. They were married June 15, 1948, at St. James. They are the parents of 15 children: Larry Kiesel, David Kiesel, Kenneth Kiesel, Diane Hasenour, Jane Hofmann, Cindy Effinger, Gene Kiesel, Frank Kiesel, Randy Kiesel, Doris Baehl, Greg Kiesel, Teresa Glaser, Julie Rexing, Tracy Kiesel and Mark Kiesel. They have 41 grandchildren. Mr. Kiesel is a retired farmer and mail carrier. 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