Gn 14:18-20 | Ps110:1-4 | 1Cor 11:23-26 | Lk 9:11-17
Today we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.. All the readings fit together in reminding us of the priesthood of Christ and the gifting of Himself to us through feeding us not only physically, but more importantly, spiritually. The gift of life is given to each of us through Jesus’ great sacrifice of Himself on Calvary. Melchizedek’s sacrifice was earthly and thus temporary. Sacrifices thus had to be offered over and over again. The sacrifice of Christ was heavenly; and, since He was God, it was a total gift of self which was made once on the Cross of Calvary. Jesus does not need to die again as His sacrifice was perfect. However, He memorialized this offering through the gift of Eucharist about which Paul reminds the Corinthians. Christ changed the bread and wine into His Body and Blood at the Last Supper and He invites us to celebrate this gift each Sunday. The miracle of the loaves and fishes was the miracle of sharing in the bread and fish. Jesus gives us a greater miracle in changing the bread and wine into His body and Blood. This gift is the source of our spiritual life. Christ comes to heal us, change us, and sustain us each time we receive Eucharist.
Take time to reflect on these powerful readings. Ask God for the gift to be receptive of all that He wishes to grant you and for an open heart to respond to all these gifts. There is no cost except that of acceptance and desire to grow.