DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
THE FEAST OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (CORPUS CHRISTI)
Genesis 14:18-20, 1Corinthians 11:23-26, Psalm 110:1-4, Luke 9:11-17
My soul’s beloved, these few verses are pregnant with prophecy. It says so much of what will be fulfilled centuries later. Here is Abram our father in faith is received by the mysterious king Melchizedek of Salem which will later be called Jerusalem. He was a king and a priest and brought bread and wine a foreshadowing of the Eucharist that You would institute at the Last Supper. He blessed Abram who in turn gave the king a tenth of all he had.
You are the Priest King and You take bread and wine, consecrate it, change it into Your Body and Blood and You feed us, strengthen us and nourish us with this divine food and drink.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
My soul’s beloved, we now see fulfilled and practiced as instructed by You the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. What was once in shadow now is revealed in all its glory and splendor as St. Paul who did not know You in life but had a personal encounter with You after Your ascension into heaven, explains the tradition that has been handed down to him directly from the Apostles who received it from You when You instituted this Sacrament at the Last Supper. Two thousand years later we continue to celebrate the Eucharist at every Holy Mass, the priest at every altar recalls Your Words and bread and wine become Your Body and Blood and the faithful are nourished. The Church will celebrate the Eucharist until the time of Your coming again in glory.
You are the Son of the Most High and to You is given all authority and power. You reign in splendor at the right hand of God and Your rule extends over all that is seen and unseen. You have been given a name that is higher than any other and Your Kingship is established in heaven, on earth and everywhere there is no Name is heaven and on earth by which men and women can be saved but Yours alone. Our High Priest, our King and our Lord and God.
My soul’s beloved, thank You for seeing our need for divine sustenance without which we could not persevere in our faith. Thank You for Your Body and Blood, for instituting the awesome Sacrament of Love where You lovingly feed us with Yourself making us for a while united to You in perfect harmony and oneness. For this I offer You grateful thanks. Amen