The US Navy launched a Los Angeles-class submarine in 1981. They originally planned to use the name “USS Corpus Christi” to honor the city in Texas. However Catholic objections to naming a warship “Body of Christ” got the name changed. It was commissioned as “USS City of Corpus Christi”.
We used to call today’s feast “Corpus Christi” but we now call it “The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ”. Today is the fourth Sunday in a row of special feasts – you will remember the last three weeks when we had The Ascension, Pentecost, and The Holy Trinity. Next week we are back to Sundays in Ordinary Time.
It’s a curious mention today in the book of Genesis. Melchizedek, King of Salem and priest of God, is mentioned only twice in the Hebrew Scriptures and both are in today’s readings. Two thousand years before Jesus took bread and wine at the Last Supper, Melchizedek brought bread and wine to celebrate Abram’s victory. Abram, later to be known as Abraham, responds by giving him a tenth of everything.
The Church has always seen the meal of Melchizedek as a prefigurement of the simple meal Jesus gave us. And yet that simple meal has transformed our lives. Look at how touching it is and how we party when children receive for the first time. And it draws us here every Sunday because nothing else satisfies that gnawing hunger inside of us.
The response of Abram to Melchizedek was to tithe – he gave a tenth of all he had. To the generosity of Jesus giving himself in the bread and wine, we too need to respond. You and I, each one of us, has to find our own way to respond to the love given us. Our parish response is to tithe. As you know 10 cents of every dollar you donate to St. Bernardine’s is given back to the Lord. Our Tithing Committee discerns how to best use our treasure to help God’s children in need. Click HERE to see the details of the Tithing contributions. Read the list and know that by donating to St. Bernardine’s you are sharing in helping all those needy causes. For your generosity I thank God and beg his blessings on you.
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