The Pope at the Corpus Christi Mass: God’s thirst brings us to the altar

“In order to celebrate the Eucharist, it is first necessary to recognize our own thirst for God. The current drama is that thirst has often been exhausted. Questions about God have been quenched, the yearning for Him has slackened. God no longer attracts, because he already has we are not aware of our deep thirst,” Francis said in his homily.

Mariangela Jaguraba –Vatican News

Pope Francis presided at the Eucharist on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, celebrated in Italy and in other parts of the world, in St. Peter’s Basilica, this Sunday afternoon (06/06).

“Jesus tells his disciples to prepare the place to celebrate the Passover supper. They were the ones who asked: Master, “where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” As we contemplate and adore the presence of the Lord in the Eucharistic Bread, we too are called to ask ourselves: In what “place” do we want to prepare the Lord’s Passover? What are the “places” in our life where God asks us to host him? ” asked the Pope in his homily, using three images from the Gospel to answer these questions.

Only God satisfies our thirst

The first is the image of the man who brings a pitcher of water. That man, “completely anonymous, serves as a guide for the disciples in their search for the place that will later be called the Upper Room”.

The water jug ​​is the sign of recognition: a sign that makes one think of thirsty humanity, always looking for a source of water to quench their thirst and restore it. We all walk in life with a jar in our hands: we are thirsty for love, for joy, for a successful life in a more human world. And for this thirst, the water of worldly things is not enough, for it is a deeper thirst that only God can satisfy.

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“In order to celebrate the Eucharist, it is first necessary to recognize our own thirst for God. The current drama is that thirst has often been exhausted. Questions about God have been quenched, the yearning for Him has slackened. God no longer attracts, because he already has we are not aware of our deep thirst. It is God’s thirst that brings us to the altar. If thirst is lacking, our celebrations become arid. Thus, as a Church, we cannot be content with the small group of those who habitually they gather to celebrate the Eucharist; we must go through the city, meet people, learn to recognize and awaken the thirst for God and the longing for the Gospel,” the Pontiff said.

Get out of the little room of our self

The second image is of the large room upstairs. It is there that Jesus and his family will have the Passover supper and this room is in the house of the person who hosts them.

Only God satisfies our deep thirst

“A big room for a small piece of bread. God makes himself small as a piece of bread and, for that very reason, it takes a big heart to be able to recognize, adore and welcome him. The presence of God is so humble, hidden , sometimes invisible, that needs a prepared, awake and welcoming heart to be recognized. If instead of a large room, our heart resembles a curtain where we sadly keep the old things; we have long sent our enthusiasm and our dreams; if it resembles a cramped and dark room, because we live only on ourselves, our problems and bitterness, then it will be impossible to recognize this silent and humble presence of God,” said the Pope, adding:

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Serves a large room. It is necessary to enlarge the heart. We need to get out of the little room of our self and into the great space of enchantment and adoration. This is the procedure before the Eucharist, we need this: adoration. The Church itself must be a big room. Not a restricted and closed circle, but a Community with open arms, welcoming to all.

In the Eucharist we contemplate the God of love

Finally, the image of Jesus breaking the Bread. “It is the Eucharistic gesture par excellence, the gesture identifying our faith, the place of our encounter with the Lord who offers himself to make us reborn to a new life. This gesture is disconcerting: until then, lambs were sacrificed to be sacrificed. offering in sacrifice to God, now it is Jesus who becomes a lamb and immolates himself to give us life. In the Eucharist, we contemplate and adore the God of love. It is the Lord who does not divide anyone, but divides himself. the Lord who does not demand sacrifices, but sacrifices himself. It is the Lord who asks for nothing, but gives everything.”

To celebrate and live the Eucharist, we too are called to live this love. Because you cannot break Sunday Bread if your heart is closed to brothers. You cannot eat this Bread if you do not give bread to the hungry. You cannot share this Bread if you do not share the sufferings of those in need. After all, including our solemn Eucharistic liturgies, only love will remain. And, even now, our Eucharists transform the world, insofar as we allow ourselves to be transformed by becoming broken bread for others.

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“The procession with the Blessed Sacrament, characteristic of the feast of Corpus Christi, but which we cannot yet perform, reminds us that we are called to leave with Jesus. To leave with enthusiasm, taking Christ to those we meet in daily life. a Church with a pitcher in hand, which awakens thirst and carries water. Let us open our hearts lovingly, to be the spacious and welcoming room where everyone can enter to meet the Lord. Let us share our lives in compassion and solidarity, to may the world see, through us, the greatness of God’s love”, concluded the Pope.

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