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The Body and Blood of Christ

June 3, 2018
Working with the Word

Study of the Readings
Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
et al

• Words,     Phrases
To the point
• First Two     Readings
• Experience

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

The Blood of the Covenant

The ancient world had a way of seeing the obvious: blood carries the stuff of life. When an animal loses its blood the life goes out of it. It made sense to reverence blood as the carrier and, therefore, a primal symbol of life.

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The Word Encountered

John Kavanaugh, SJ

An Embodied God

Communion … re-enacts our redemption. Each time we celebrate this sacrament we embody the covenant of Christ, wherein God sees in us anew the flesh of Jesus.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The Meaning of a Meal

Anthropologists identify meals in antiquity as ceremonies rather than rituals. A ritual effects a change in status, but a ceremony is a regular and predictable occurrence which confirms and legitimates people's roles and status in a community.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

John Chrysostom

As the old covenant had been ratified by the blood of sheep and calves, so the new covenant was to be ratified by the blood of the Lord.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Why was it necessary in the Bible for a covenant to be ratified in blood? The idea seems to be that the death of the victim has a finality about it that makes it, and therefore the covenant that it ratifies, irrevocable.

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