Genesis 14:18-20 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Luke 9:11-17
The reading from Genesis tells of Melchizedek, a priest of God Most High, bringing out bread and wine as he greeted Abram. The second reading recalls Jesus instituting the Eucharist at the Last Supper. In the Gospel, Jesus multiplies five loaves and two fish to feed a crowd of about five thousand people.
Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes to ensure that the physical hunger of the crowd would be satisfied. More significantly, Jesus instituted the Eucharist. Jesus did this so that believers of all ages who receive the Eucharist might have their spiritual hunger satisfied, grow in holiness and one day enjoy eternal life in heaven.