Bread and Wine for War and Peace (Readings for the Solemnity of Christ’s Body & Blood)
In preparation for next Sunday’s commemoration of the Solemnity of Christ’s Body and Blood, here is my “translation” of the day’s sacred texts including its special sequence, “Lauda Sion.” Please read the originals yourselves to see what they might suggest by way of practical application. To me, they say something about priesthood, its perversions, and rejection by Jesus. More universally, they call me to think revolutionary thoughts about throwing off ALL inherited structures responsible, as they are, for war and impending omnicide. As Marx taught, any criticism worth its salt begins with religion.
GN 14: 18-20
Melchizedek fed Abram, Bread and wine. Assuring the patriarch Of God’s favor In his mid-east wars, Provided the sheik Gave the priest A tenth of all he possessed.
PS 110: 1-4
Subsequent clergy In Melchizedek’s line Have done the same For kings who tithe Promising them Enemies become footstools Forever and ever!
I COR 11: 23-26
Jesus Like that gnarly pastor, Served bread and wine too But for God’s peace Not Melchizedek’s war. Those who shared His simple meal Were to re-member the Christ And make his presence real As Prince of Peace.
Sequence Lauda Sion
Yes, Melchizedek’s offering Is turned upside-down By the priesthood’s Severest critic. Who feeds both Kings and shepherds. Apostles and us Uniting all And replacing Antique class-warfare And our own Damnable understandings Of Eucharist With a picnic of peace So that wheat and grape Might become OUR flesh and blood, To afterwards incarnate Christ’s own body To complete his work On earth.
LK 9: 11B-17
So what's the point Of this parable's tale (Ironically chosen By Melchizedek's sons) If not to say What Eucharist's for To feed the hungry Towards peace not war. No Melchizedek No miracle No market No priesthood No transubstantiation's Required here. “Do it yourselves” Jesus told his friends (And us). And that’s just What the apostles (And a little boy) Did To everyone’s satisfaction With lots left-over! Let those with ears to hear . . .