(Genesis 14:18-20; Psalm 109:1-4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Luke 9:11-17)
From the first reading we see this ancient man called Melchizedek king of Salem. He is a teaching figure in the bible otherwise he never existed. He was a priest as we learn from the psalmist. He is called the king of peace. Abraham brought the offertory of bread and wine and Melchizedek blessed them. He also blessed Abraham. What we are celebrating today is our offertory which we present to God and something happen that they are no longer what we see but something else. They are transformed, transubstantiated. If we eat and drink them, we are supposed to be transformed.
The second reading is Pauline teaching on the institution of the Eucharist. He narrates how Jesus took the bread and the wine and turned them into his body and blood. He commanded his disciples to do this in his memory.
There are many people who don’t believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and unfortunately even among us who have the experience of the Eucharistic miracle of Bolsena. I pray that the same miracle may be repeated today to increase our faith.
In the Gospel, we see the multiplication of bread and fish. Some people deny this saying that people were challenged by the young boy who offered his five loaves of bread and two fish then all started removing what they had and they had enough even to feed those who did not have. Whatever the case, it was a miracle.
Jesus is present in our church in many ways. He is present in the person of the priest, he is present as the altar, he is present at the ambo speaking to us. He is present in the community of believers (where two or three meet together in my name I will be there). And above all, He is really and truly present in the tabernacle as the Most Holy Sacrament.
When passing near these places where we have Christ, it is good to respect the. To genuflect to Christ when we pass near the tabernacle, and to bow on all the other things that signify his presence. During Consecration, we are supposed to kneel unless we are sick. Then not looking down but looking at Christ coming to us. The great elevation is for us to see. But if we are looking down to whom is the priest showing. We normally see the priest. Many years ago, people used to bow while passing near a church or a cemetery. At Midday when people hear the church bell used to stop what they are doing and pray the angelus. This tradition has died. Who killed it? It is me and you. Let us today renew our respect to the blessed sacrament. It is not good to receive the communion with dirty hands. It is not good to receive communion with your hands in the pocket. It is not respect to receive communion when we have not prepared well. It is not respect to make noise in the church.
Then what are we supposed to do after communion? We are supposed to give thanks to Jesus who has accepted to enter into our hearts. But there are many people who do nothing. Let us today renew our respect to the Most blessed Sacrament.
Sia Lodato Gesu Christo