CorpChristiC19. Genesis 14:18-20. Abram had just returned from a great victory against his enemies. He recovered his nephew “Lot and his possessions, along with the women and the other captives. (Genesis 14:16b) In celebration of the great victory God had given Abram, “Melchizedek, King of Salem, brought out bread and wine and being a priest of God Most High” and also said, “blessed be God Most High, who delivered your foes into your hand.” This prefigures the Eucharist which is liturgy of thanksgiving celebrating the work of God.
Luke 9:11b-17. “Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God.” He was helping to establish that kingdom, not a worldly one but a spiritual, heavenly one, by curing the sick and feeding the five thousand men plus women and children. These miracles testified not only to the veracity of his message but also to his divinity.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26. In the study of the historical development of Christianity from the time of Christ on, it has been found that the earliest writings of Christianity were the epistles of Paul. Here Paul is writing to the Corinthian Christians concerning their practice of the liturgy of the Eucharist. When Jesus took the bread and broke it, he said, “This is my body,” and of the cup of wine, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.” He handed to his Apostles what was the bread and the cup of wine to eat and drink but now is his body and blood. In John 6:54, Jesus said, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.” The bread and wine still appear to be as they were, but because he is the infinitely almighty God, whatever he says is done, is done. After first changing the bread into his body and then the wine into his blood, each time he says, “Do this in remembrance of me. This Jesus repeats twice. We obey Jesus’ command when we celebrate the liturgy of the Eucharist. Proclaiming the death of the Lord is to proclaim his sacrificing of himself to God the Father which gained for us forgiveness of our sins which, in turn, opened the Gates of Heaven to us and gives us eternal life.