Discussion Questions

First Reading
Genesis 14:18-20

F1. In what ways does Melchizedek prefigure Jesus?

F2. Discuss the properties of bread and wine, including their benefits to the body when consumed. Why do you think Melchizedek chose them for offerings? Why do you think Jesus chose them?

Second Reading
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

S1. What do we believe Jesus meant when he said, “Do this in remembrance of me”? To what does “this” refer? Could it mean more than one thing?

S2. Explain “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.” Is the gift of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection a one-time thing that happened in the past, or is his gift on-going and always newly present?

Gospel
Luke 9:11b-17

G1.  The crowd had been listening all day, spellbound by Jesus’ words in a deserted area, away from villages. How would the disciples have taken care of so many hungry people? How did Jesus?

G2. According to what Pope Francis says below, what is it that matters: the extent of our gift, or our sharing of it? If the latter, what happens to our gifts when we share them?

In the face of the crowd’s needs, this is the disciples’ solution: Everyone takes care of himself; dismiss the crowd. Many times we Christians have that same temptation; we don’t take on the needs of others, but dismiss them with a compassionate “May God help you” or a not-so-compassionate “Good luck.” …

What Jesus encouraged the disciples to do was an act of “solidarity,” … placing at God’s disposal what little we have, our humble abilities, because only in sharing and in giving will our lives be fruitful. …

At the same time, in receiving the Eucharist faithfully the Lord leads us to follow his path—that of service, sharing and giving; and that little that we have, the little that we are, if shared, becomes a treasure because the power of God, who is love, descends to our poverty and transforms it.

Corpus Christi Homily, May 31, 2013


Anne Osdieck

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson