Today is the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, in Latin Corpus Christi. The first reading was from the Book of Genesis (14:18-20):
"In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, being a priest of the God Most High,....."
The second reading was from the first Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (11:23-26);
"...on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
"...In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "this cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes."
Our Pastoral Administrator, Fr. Timothy Babcock, offered the following:
"For in the most blessed Eucharist is contained the entire spiritual wealth of the church, namely Christ Himself our Pasch and our living bread, who gives life to people through his flesh - that flesh which is giving life and gives life by the Holy Spirit.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God for the great gift of the Holy Eucharist! Through the Eucharist may we be one always with Christ and with the living Church, the Body of Christ in the world!"