When Jesus uses the word “body” in Matthew’s gospel, unless you abandon all assumptions, transporting yourself to first-century Roman society, it is impossible to hear—let alone understand—what the Lord is saying during his Last Supper.
The disciples may be concerned with tribe and city, eager to wave their flags and pledge their allegiances, but Jesus Christ has a different mission. The difficult work he is about to do is a public matter, but it has nothing to do with their silly flags and allegiances—it pertains to the entire commonwealth—on behalf of all and for all.
In the letters of St. Paul, the Lord’s body are the people in your neighborhood, and all we are, brothers and sisters, are just bricks in the wall.
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 26:26-29.
Episode 397 Matthew 26:26-29; Music:
Griphop by Kevin MacLeod
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