First Reading – Genesis 14:18-20
Melchizedek, a pagan priest-king, gives gifts of bread and wine to Abraham. In Christian tradition this bread and wine were taken to prefigure the Eucharist.
Second Reading – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
When we celebrate the Eucharist we do not merely make Christ present, but re-enact the death by which he saved us.
Gospel Reading – Luke 9:11-17
Jesus provides an extraordinary meal for those who followed him into the desert. In the Eucharist the Church continues the mission of Jesus – teaching, healing and nourishing God’s people.