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Pope: The Eucharist, "a great gift” of “communion" with Jesus and our brethren
"It 'so important to go to Mass on Sundays, to go to Mass not only to pray, but to receive Communion". "It is important that children be well prepared for First Communion and that every child makes it, because this is the first step of belonging to Jesus".
Vatican City ( AsiaNews) - The
Eucharist is "a truly great gift" and " constitutes the summit of
God's saving action: the Lord Jesus, by
becoming bread broken for us, pours out all
of His mercy and His
love on us, so as to renew our hearts, our lives and the way we relate with Him
and with others". So
much so, that is commonly said "to make Communion".
Continuing to illustrate the
sacraments, Pope Francis spoke today of the Eucharist at the general audience,
by which " we share in the mystery of the passion , death and resurrection
of Christ" and "we feel this sense of belonging to the Church, the
People of God , the
body of God, Jesus Christ. " 25
thousand people were in St Peter's Square despite the rain - "Good
morning, but its nor a good day, it's a little ' bad ', the Pope greeted them -
for which the sick, who are normally in the first row in the square, were accommodated
in the Paul VI and Francis greeted them first. "They
are following the audience on a giant screen ," he explained to the
faithful gathered in the square, at the end of the audience.
The Eucharist, "the sacrament of love is the
source of every authentic journey of faith, communion and witness. What we see
when we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, the Mass, allows us to perceive what
we are about to experience. At the center space
for the celebration is the altar which
is a table covered with a tablecloth , and this makes us think of a banquet. On
the table there is a cross, indicating that Christ's sacrifice is offered on
that altar: He is the spiritual food that we receive, under the signs of bread
and wine. Beside the table is the ambo, the place from which the Word of God is
proclaimed: and this indicates that we gather
there to listen to the Lord who speaks through the Scriptures , and therefore
the food you receive is also His Word".
"Word and Bread become one in
the Mass, as at the Last Supper, when all the words of Jesus , all the signs that
he made, were condensed into the act of breaking the bread and offering the cup
, ahead of the sacrifice of cross,
and the words : ' Take, eat , this is my body ... Take, drink, this is my
blood.' Jesus' gesture made at the Last Supper is the ultimate thanksgiving
to the Father for His love,
for His mercy'. Thanksgiving ' in Greek is 'Eucharist' . And that is why the
sacrament is called 'Eucharist, it' is the supreme thanksgiving to the Father ,
who loved us enough to give us His Son, for love".
"That's why the term
Eucharist sums up that gesture, that gesture of God and man together, a gesture
of Jesus Christ, true God and true man. So the celebration of the Eucharist is
much more than just a banquet: it is the memorial of the
Passion of Jesus, the central mystery of salvation". "Memorial" is not
just a memory, a simple memory, it means that every time we celebrate this
sacrament we share in the mystery of the passion , death and resurrection of
"It is a great gift and this
is why it is so important to go to Mass on Sundays, to go to Mass not only to
pray, but to receive Communion, the bread which is the Body of Jesus Christ
that saves us , forgives us , unites
us to the Father. It is a good thing to do. And we go to Mass every Sunday because
it is the day of the resurrection of their Lord. That is why Sunday is so
important to us. And with the Eucharist we feel this sense of belonging to the
people of God , the body of God, Jesus Christ. We will never fully grasp its value
and wealth. Let us ask Him then, that this Sacrament continue to keep His
presence alive in the Church and to shape our community in charity and communion,
according to the Father's heart. We continue to do this throughout our lives,
but begin doing it the day of our First communion. It is important that children be well prepared
for First Communion and that every child make it, because it is the
first strong, strong step of this belonging to Jesus Christ, after Baptism and
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