Friday, June 24, 2011

The Heart of Christ Emerges

"In this Love, the Heart of Christ emerges...and thus changes things, people and the world." The words below from Benedict XVI in his sermon for Corpus Christi go to the heart of the matter. Christianity is God's gift of Himself in love, truly present through Jesus Christ. It is this self-gift, this beauty, this presence that not only shows us the purpose of life, but also draws us and enables us to live that true life in Him. My heart longs for life beyond the limits of my failure, the limits of things, the limits of death. The Eucharist is God's gift, from the Heart of Christ to my heart. It is possible to live this way.

Everything starts, you might say, from the heart of Christ, who at the Last Supper on the eve of his passion, thanked and praised God and, in doing so, with the power of his love transformed the meaning of death which he was about to encounter. The fact that the Sacrament of the altar has taken on the name "Eucharist" - "thanksgiving" - expresses this: that the change in the substance of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is the fruit of the gift that Christ made of himself, a gift of a love stronger than death, love of God which made him rise from the dead. That is why the Eucharist is the food of eternal life, the Bread of life. From the heart of Christ, from his "Eucharistic Prayer" on the eve of his passion, flows the dynamism that transforms reality in its cosmic, human and historical dimensions. All proceeds from God, from the omnipotence of his love One and Triune, incarnate in Jesus. In this Love the heart of Christ emerges, so He knows how to thank and praise God even in the face of betrayal and violence, and thus changes things, people and the world.
--Benedict XVI, Sermon for the Feast of Corpus Christi, June 23, 2011