Father James with a recent SJS graduate
We celebrate Corpus Christi today. The Eucharist is the real body and blood of Christ our Savior, which means the Eucharist is powerful. It has a real effect on us. There are three things the Eucharist does, each corresponding with one of the readings.
1) The Eucharist gives us strength to perform our duties and obligations in life. Abram had just defeated several tribes in the Palestine region to establish his position. Soon after, a priest named Melchizedek brings an offering of bread and wine (cf. Gen 14:18-20). In turn, Abram gives the priest a tenth of his spoils. The bread and wine offered by this priest Melchizedek is a foreshadowing of the Eucharist. It not only celebrated Abram's success, it gave Abram strength to be both King and father of the Israelite people. When we go to Mass or pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament, we are given strength to be the best spouse, parent, sibling, student, worker, priest that we are called to be.