Cristo Pio Pellicano is the heart of the solemnity of Corpus Domini

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CRISTO PIO PELLICANO IS THE HEART OF THE SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY OF THE LORD

The anthem I love you expresses in his verses the tenderness of Jesus, because he describes the Lord as a pelican who tears his heart to feed his young.

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Author:
Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Pie pellicáne, Jesus Lord, I clean with your blood, One drop of doing, All the world from all kinds of crimes (O pious pelican Lord Jesus, purify me, sinner, with your blood, that, with a single drop, it can save the whole world from all sin).

today we celebrate another wonderful feast of the Lord, Corpus Christi. Great mystery, given to us by the Lord at the Last Supper, last act of tenderness for man.

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The beautiful text of Saint Thomas Aquinas I love you expresses in his verses the tenderness of Jesus, because he describes the Lord as a pelican:

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«Oh pious Pelican, Lord Jesus, / Purify me, unclean, with Your blood / Of which a single drop can save / The whole world from all sin ».

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Jesus is the pelican who gives his blood for us his little ones, to keep us alive. So, land readings today [see Liturgy of the Word, WHO] they introduce us to this mystery of presence, communion and abode with Jesus. First, in Deuteronomy, we already find traces of the Lord's living and strong presence:

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«Do not forget the Lord, your God, that brought you out of the land of Egypt, that led you to this great and frightening desert, place of poisonous snakes and scorpions that in the desert fed you with manna unknown to your fathers ».

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Moses' invitation to the Jewish people is not to forget and, therefore, to remember that the Lord has nourished his people with manna, while he was in situations of great danger. He was always with them, while leading them out of Egyptian slavery. Manna is a prefiguration of Eucharistic food, with which the Lord is still close to us today and gives us nourishment in the difficulties of life. This invitation is then for us: let's not forget about the Eucharistic Jesus, when everything seems dark, when there seems to be no way out. The Lord himself helps, through the Eucharist, to recognize our moral and existential slavery and to get out of it. While St. Paul exposes this mystery of presence and communion in a strong and clear way:

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«There is only one bread, we are, although many, one body: in fact we all participate in the only bread ".

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This is a great teaching. Whenever we make communion, we enter into communion with Jesus; And this, it makes us communion among us. We become one, without losing our personal distinction. The great teaching of this feast is to try to live every mass, any participation in communion as a source of unity, ecclesial but also interpersonal: the Eucharist will help us to overcome the divisions and rifts that may arise. In fact, from this communion there is the experience of God that dwells in us. This is then the center of Jesus' teaching:

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«Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him».

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In the Greek original, that "remains" can also be translated by dwelling, taking just a shade of place. Now that we're going to take communion, God will take up residence in us. This dwelling has a very important meaning: in fact it is welcoming another point of view, that of God who enters the most intimate folds of the soul, of the heart and therefore of life. The remaining of Jesus in us then allows us to open ourselves to a contemplative vision, deep, with the gaze of God on all the people we meet, about all the events that happen to us.

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The poet William Blake wrote: "The ruins of time build dwellings in eternity".

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We ask the Lord to feel the beautiful touch of Jesus in our hearts through the Eucharistic species, so that beyond the time that passes between minutes and seconds and the history that unfolds between years and centuries, we can continue walking until reaching Eternal life and building the eternal home to enjoy the final banquet of Paradise.

Amen

Rome, 14 June 2020

Solemnity of Corpus Domini

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4 thoughts on "Cristo Pio Pellicano is the heart of the solemnity of Corpus Domini

  1. Certainly in the Greek original you can also read "dwell" and not just "stay", as the reference is to the nuptial cohabitation. As I said in other comments to the article on the abolition of the SP of BXVI. Everything should be read in a wedding key: the Eucharistic banquet is not a simple "canteen", but a wedding banquet. This is why John opens the signs of Jesus with the wedding at Cana. The God who "gladdens my youth" is the God we turn to saying "I am not worthy for you to enter under my roof / tent". Every mass is a wedding party.

  2. It is or is not sacrilege to use the glove to distribute the holy host?
    The first time that blue glove shocked me.
    But beyond personal sensitivity it is or is not a lack of respect?
    I doubt that the glove has anti-contagion effectiveness.
    What the ancient teachers and fathers would say in the faith of this invention?

    1. How does this question relate to the text of Father Gabriel's homily?
      The young Dominican philosopher and theologian speaks of the solemnity of Corpus Domini, he did not deal in any way with the modalities regarding the distribution of the Most Holy Eucharist.
      If one deals with topics related to cardiac surgery, why ask him questions about dental implantology?

      1. You say there is no relevance? Between Corpus Christi and the Holy Eucharist?
        If there is no relevance, sorry!
        I read the same willingly and thought about it.

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