HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST — Year C

Gospel: Luke 9:11-17

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Jesus spoke to the crowds of the reign of God, and healed all who were in need of healing.  As sunset approached, the Twelve came and said to Jesus, “Dismiss the crowd so that they can go into the villages and farms in the neighborhood and find themselves lodging and food, for this is certainly an out-of-the-way place.”

Jesus answered them, “Why do you not give them something to eat yourselves?”  The disciples replied, “We have nothing but five loaves and two fish.  Or shall we ourselves go and buy food for all these people?”  (They were about five thousand gathered.)  Jesus said to the disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of fifty or so.”  They followed the instructions and got them all seated.

Then, taking the five loaves and two fishes, Jesus raised his eyes to heaven, pronounced a blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples for distribution to the crowd.  They all ate until they had enough.  What they had left, over and above, filled twelve baskets.

The Good News as spoken through Luke.