Thursday, May 22, 2008
"Kneeling before the Eucharist is a profession of freedom"
Total love demands a total gift. The gift each person is called to give in love is nothing other then the self, entire.
Love Divine and Incarnate does this on the Cross and in the gift of His Body and Blood in the Eucharist: the perfect Gift of God Himself demanded by the perfect Love of God Himself.
"Adoring the God of Jesus Christ, made bread, broken for love, is the most valid and radical remedy against the idolatries of yesterday and of today. Kneeling in front of the Eucharist is a profession of freedom: who bends to Jesus cannot and must not prostrate before any earthly power, as strong as it may be. We, Christians, kneel only before God, before the Most Holy Sacrament, because we know and believe that in it is present the one true God, who has created the world and has so loved the world to give his only begotten Son.
"We prostrate before a God who first inclined himself toward man, as Good Samaritan, to rescue him and give him life, and who knelt before us to cleanse our filthy feet. Adoring the Body of Christ means believing that there, in that piece of Bread, there is truly Christ, who gives true meaning to life, to the immense universe as well as to the smallest creature, to the entire human history as well as to the briefest existence. The adoration is a prayer which prolongs Eucharistic celebration and communion, and in which the soul continues to nourish itself: it is nourished with love, with truth, with peace; it nourished itself with hope, because the One before whom we prostrate does neither judge us, nor humiliates us, but transforms us and makes us free.
Homily (Most Holy Body of Christ)
May 22, 2008
"Ecco perché radunarci, camminare, adorare ci riempie di gioia. Facendo nostro l’atteggiamento adorante di Maria, che in questo mese di maggio ricordiamo particolarmente, preghiamo per noi e per tutti; preghiamo per ogni persona che vive in questa città, perché possa conoscere Te, o Padre, e Colui che Tu hai mandato, Gesù Cristo. E così avere la vita in abbondanza. Amen."
Papa Benedetto, Corpus Domini 2008, Roma
All communicants knelt to receive Holy Communion on the tongue from the Holy Father at Corpus Domini Mass in Rome today at his cathedral church of Saint John Lateran.
(Thanks to rorate-caeli.blogspot.com and wdtprs.com)