Corpus Christi – June 2007

The Holy Eucharist – the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ present in the Most Blessed Sacrament – is God’s gift for the life of the world.  God once fed the Hebrews who wandered in the desert in search of the Promised Land; and, Jesus, in the gospel reading, feeds a multitude in the miraculous multiplication of the loaves. Today, God continues to feed his people.

Lekaristi se kado Bondye bay pou nou tout gen lavi.  Menm jan Bondye te bay Ebre yo manje lamann nan savann dezole a,, menm jan Jezi te bay 5 mil moun manje pen ak pwason, Bondye toujou nouri pep li a.  Bondye se Renmen ; epi se renmen Papa a ak Pitil la ak Lespri Sen nou jwenn nan kado sa Jezi fe nou nan Lames la. Se gras a renmen sa ki vin prezan tout bon nan Sent Sakreman an, nou menm nou fe youn ansanm ak Bondye.

Deus Caritas Est, God is Love, and this love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, becomes present in the Eucharistic self-giving of Jesus. The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves points to the utter lavishness of God’s love for humanity, a love that invites humanity through the gift of the Word made flesh into communion with itself.

The miracle of the multiplication is a sign, therefore, of  that greater miracle – not of loaves broken and distributed to a hungry multitude one day on a hillside – but of the miracle that was to be anticipated on Holy Thursday and realized on Good Friday in Jesus’ sacrificial gift, the gift of his Body broken for us, the gift of his Blood shed for us and for the salvation of the world.  This miracle is continued through all time – until he comes – by the work of the Holy Spirit in every Mass in which Jesus’ gift of self is always newly present.  The Holy Eucharist is God’s gift for the life of the world.

As the manna once sustained Hebrews, today in the words of Pope Benedict, “the Eucharist is the indispensable food that sustains us as we cross the desert of this world, dried by ideological and economic systems that do not promote life, but repress it…a world in which the logic of power and possession dominates, instead of the logic of service and love, a world in which the culture of violence and death often triumphs

Este jueves el Papa nos decía que la Eucaristía es el alimento indispensable que nos apoye mientras atravesamos el desierto de este mundo, reseco por sistemas ideológicos y económicos que no promuevan la vida sino que más bien la reprimen.  Así, el Santísimo que va a pasar en procesión esta noche por las calles de nuestra ciudad será para todos los habitantes como una oferta de alegría, de vida inmortal, de paz y de amor.  El Señor va con nosotros –va a nuestro lado aunque va escondido abajo las apariencias de pan.  Así nosotros caminamos con fe  apoyados por la esperanza de poderle ver un día con el rostro descubierto en el reino eterno.

In the Eucharist, Jesus knocks at the door of our hearts and asks to come in. Receiving our Lord in Holy Communion is, in fact, the privileged encounter with our Risen Lord.  Like the Disciples of Emmaus who encountered him as they left Jerusalem sad and discouraged and who only recognized the Lord in the “breaking of the bread”, so to our encounter with the living Christ is intensified and deepened in the Holy Eucharist.

The Eucharist awakens the hope of eternal life in those tempted to despair.
The Eucharist opens to sharing those tempted to close their hands.
The Eucharist highlights reconciliation rather than division.
The Eucharist puts life – in all its stages from conception till natural death – and human dignity as the center of one’s faith commitment.
In a society dominated by culture of death in which search for individual comfort, money or power only intensifies, the Eucharist reminds us of rights of poor and the duty of justice and solidarity.
The Eucharist awakens the Christian community to the immense gift of the new covenant that calls all humanity to go beyond itself.

As the Second Vatican Council taught, “The Lord left behind a pledge of this hope and strength for life’s journey in that sacrament of faith where natural elements refined by man are gloriously changed into His Body and Blood, providing a mean of brotherly solidarity and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet.” (GS #38.2)

Since the Eucharist is God’s gift for the life of the world, our encounter with the living Lord in Holy Communion brings with it also an urgent summons to testimony and evangelization.  Like the disciples of Emmaus, once we have truly met the Risen One, we cannot keep to ourselves the good news and joy we have experienced. The Eucharist makes us alive in Christ, so that we might be witnesses to hope.

Ita, Missa est. It is from these final words  at the conclusion of the liturgy in Latin, the word, “Mass”, is derived.  While it is translated, “Go, the Mass is ended”, it might be also better rendered as, “Go, it is the sending”, for Mass implies Mission.   “We cannot ascend” to the dwelling place of God, Pope Benedict reminds us except “by going out on the roads of the world, carrying the Gospel to all nations, carrying the gift of its love for men at all times.”

Tale, n app ran lari ak Jezi vivan nan losti a; konsa nou vle li mache kote n ap mache, pou li viv kote n ap  viv. Nou mache ak lafwa – paske nou pa we li, li kache nan aparans pen an ; men lafwa sa a soutni espwa nou genyen yon jou na pral we li jan li ye a.

Porque misa implica misión, nosotros al llevar al Santísimo a la calle queremos así sumergir a Cristo en la cotidianidad de nuestra visa para que el camina donde nosotros caminamos, para que viva donde vivimos.

For this reason, we make our procession today with the Blessed Sacrament.  Walking through the streets of our city – is a way for us to make to all who live here in Central Florida an offering of  eternal life, of peace and joy. We will walk with Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament, he is God’s gift for the life of the world.   We want to put Christ in the midst of our daily lives so that he walks where we walk, so that he lives where we live.

Bone Pastor, panis vere…
True bread, good shepherd, tend us,
Jesus, of your love befriend us,
You refresh us, you defend us,
Your eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to see.

You who all things can and know
Who on earth such food bestows,
Grant us with your saints, though lowest,
Where the heavenly feast you show,
Fellow heirs and guests to be.

(St. Thomas Aquinas, Lauda Sion)