Sunday's Scriptures: Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ
Genesis 14:18-20 Psalm 110 I Corinthians 11:23-26 Luke 9:11-17
Guess who is coming to dinner?
Have you ever?
How about someone like Melchizedek who welcomes Abram with traditional eastern hospitality: food and drink.
Bonds are built.
Meals are like that, you know.
God and Abram are blessed by Melchizedek. And, in turn, God blesses with abundant life, favor, and power to give life. Participants, reciprocate blessing God, giving thanks and praise for these gifts.
Eucharist, from the Greek, means thanksgiving, after all.
And, it's communal in the common "work" of the people. Liturgy means the "work" of the worshippers.
This gathering is about the elements of bread and wine becoming the Body of Christ that we Catholics believe. The Body of Christ is all of us also.
"Make of your hands a throne to receive who you are, the Body of Christ," reminded Saint Augustine, telling the faithful.
Take, eat, drink, be the Body of Christ today in a world that needs you dear graduates, that welcomes your calm and conflict-resolving ways.
Come, eat and drink.