Living Eucharist

Trinity Russia Museum II

The first Reading at Mass today comes from the Book of Genesis. Its account of hospitality and blessing prepares us, in the Liturgy of the Word, for the Gospel reading of Jesus in the home of Martha and Mary. Its appealing account of the welcome of the three men – in Jewish tradition seen as angels and signifiers of the Divine Presence and in Christian tradition as a manifestation of God’s trinitarian nature.

The Lord appeared to Abraham at the Oak of Mamre while he was sitting by the entrance of the tent during the hottest part of the day. He looked up, and there he saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them he ran from the entrance of the tent to meet them, and bowed to the ground. ‘My lord,’ he said ‘I beg you, if I find favour with you, kindly do not…

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