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Solemnity of Corpus Christi

6/4/2021
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Fiat!

Today we are celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or, according to the better known Latin expression, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. The Gospel recounts Jesus’ words pronounced at the Last Supper with his disciples: “Take; this is my body”. And then: “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many” (Mk 14:22, 24)

Precisely by virtue of this testament of love, the Christian community gathers every Sunday, and each day, around the Eucharist, the sacrament of Christ’s redeeming Sacrifice. And, attracted by his real presence, Christians adore him and contemplate him through the humble sign of the Bread which has become his Body.

Each time we celebrate the Eucharist, through this most sober and also so solemn Sacrament, we experience the New Covenant which fulfils the communion between God and us. And as participants in this Covenant we, although small and poor, cooperate in building history as God wills. For this reason, while constituting an act of public worship of God, every Eucharistic celebration refers to life and the tangible events of our existence. As we are nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ, we are assimilated with him; we receive his love within us, not to hold it back selfishly, but rather to share it with others. This logic is inscribed in the Eucharist: we receive his love within us and we share it with others. This is the Eucharistic logic.

Indeed in it we contemplate Jesus, Bread broken and offered, Blood poured out for our salvation. It is a presence which like fire sears the selfish attitudes within us, purifies us of the tendency to give only when we have received, and ignites the desire to make ourselves too, in union with Christ, bread broken and blood poured out for our brothers and sisters.

Thus, the celebration of Corpus Christi is a mystery of attraction to Christ and of transformation in him. And it is the school of concrete love, patient and sacrificed, as Jesus on the Cross. It teaches us to become more welcoming and available to those who are in search of understanding, of help, of encouragement, and are marginalized and alone. Jesus’ living presence in the Eucharist is like a door, an open door between the temple and the road, between faith and history, between the city of God and the city of man.

 

Jesus, turn me into You,

Make me one with You.

Jesus, I want to make your Life, your prayers, your moans of love, Your pains, my own

- as well as your heartbeats of fire, with which You would want to ignite them.

In this host You are reborn, You live, You die and You consume Yourself

I too, my Jesus, want to consume myself  for You

I want to repeat what You do

so that You feel as if You were receiving Yourself once again;

I want to give You complete glory, divine contentment, outpourings of love that match You.

My Jesus, give me the grace to be consumed of Your own consummation.

 

(Vol XI, February 24, 1917)

 

 

I want to live all my acts in your Will,

which is my whole Life as it is your Life.

Every act done by me in Your Divine Will

is a host that I want to give You and of which You can feed Yourself, as I of You;

Every act of mine in Your Will

is a host that I form to give you love for love.

 

 (Vol XII, October 20, 1917)

 

 

Just as You make Yourself food for me in the Holy Host

so I want to make myself food for You, converting all of my interior into nourishment for You,

in such a way that my thoughts, affections, desires, inclinations, heartbeats, sighs, love – everything, everything should tend toward You.

And You, my beloved Good,

on seeing the true fruit of your food that you give me

which is to divinize my soul and convert everything within You,

 would come to nourish Yourself with my soul – that is, with my thoughts, with my love, and with all the rest. In this way, I could say to You:

Just as You have reached the point of making Yourself my food and of giving me everything,

I too have made myself your food;

My good Jesus, there is nothing left to give You, because everything I am is all Yours.

 

 (Vol VI, November 17, 1904)

don Marco
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