1st Reading: Genesis 14:18–20

In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, and being a priest of God Most High, he blessed Abram with these words:  “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, the creator of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High,who delivered your foes into your hand.  Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23–26

Brothers and sisters:  I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, 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.

Gospel: Luke 9:11b–17

Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, “Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.”  He sai to them, “Give them some food yourselves.  They replied, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people.”  Now the men there numbered about five thousand.  Then he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty.” They did so and made them all sit down.  Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.  They all ate and were satisfied.  And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.

A UNIQUE BREAD: The Eucharist which is the body of Christ is a unique bread because it is the only bread which gives spiritual nourishment. It is a bread that makes a person to be united with Christ, and through Christ to God. There is no any other bread that does something like that. The Eucharist is the food that gives a person full satisfaction. Once a person eats it, keeps a person under God’s protection from the evil one. It is a sign of God’s love and care. The Eucharist shows that God really loves and cares for his people. He is not happy to see people spiritually or physically hungry. (Luke 9:11-17) God being a loving and caring Father, has set a table for all of us. All those people who attend mass are welcomed by God to that table. Sad enough, only few of them approach the table the Lord has set for them. Would it not be great if each person who cannot approach the table of the Lord examined himself or herself to find out the obstacle that prevent him or her from approach the table of the Lord? Once he or she has found the obstacle, would it not be great if he or she removed the obstacle so that all who attend mass may approach the table of the Lord? Prayer: Lord, help all your people to receive you in the Eucharist.