You are the Lord the bread, you are food for us, risen to new life you are alive among us

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Homiletics of the Fathers of The Island of Patmos

YOU ARE THE LORD THE BREAD, YOU FOOD ARE FOR US, RISEN TO A NEW LIFE YOU ARE ALIVE AMONG US

I adore you, latent Déitas, Within the forms, vere visitas: To Thee my heart I bow with bended, he said, because, have you plans, all fails.

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

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Dear Readers of The Island of Patmos,

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in these times of global contagion, the decrees asked restaurants to remain closed or to open only at certain times. Perhaps we missed living that moment of serenity, of a break and also of joy that you usually spend with your friends and relatives. These are moments in which physical and interpersonal distancing has also taken away from us the joy of communion and the real presence of those we love.

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But today we are here to celebrate the banquet of Jesus Christ. The banquet of the Eucharist that we receive under the species of bread and wine, in which Jesus is substantially, really and truly present. It is such a great mystery, because it is the mystery of God who is truly and authentically present and living next to us in our life, redeemed by him forever in the Passion.

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The letter to the Hebrews explains precisely this special salvation to us in one passage:

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"He [Jesus] entered the sanctuary once and for all, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by virtue of his own blood, thus obtaining an eternal redemption " [cf.. EB 9,11-15].

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About the passion and death that we celebrated in the Easter Triduum, the letter to the Hebrews narrates that Jesus gave his Blood for us and obtained an eternal redemption for us. Here the text does not explicitly say the body as well, but it is implied that this is also being spoken of. The sacrifice of Jesus, bloody in the Passion, he freed us from the burden of slavery with sin contracted since the sin of Adam and Eve. Therefore, unlike the Jewish ritual of sacrifice that purified from sins that was repeated every year, the bloody sacrifice of the blood of Jesus happened only once.

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These considerations they are useful for us to try to re-read the events that took place during the Triduum which culminated on Easter day. Maybe in those days we thought little about it, taken by a thousand things to organize for example work, family, The holy Mass, Easter lunch … And yet, in those hectic days, the Lord has freed us from the great burden of sin. Offering himself innocent for all the guilty. It is true we are in the summer, but we must not forget the first days of April this spring. Let's try to think back to that great Easter sacrifice of love of Jesus for us.

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The fact that there has been a single historic bloody sacrifice does not leave out of this act of love, all of us who were born centuries after the days of the Passion. This is possible because Jesus, to perpetuate his sacrifice over the centuries and involve us in his great Love, he instituted the Eucharist, ii sacrificing a bloodless. The gospel tells us about it:

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"While they ate, he took the bread and said the blessing, he broke it and gave it to them, saying: “Take, this is my body ". Then he took a chalice and gave thanks, he gave it to them and they all drank from it. And he told them: "This is my blood of the covenant, which is paid for many. Truly I tell you, I will never drink of the fruit of the vine again until the day I drink it new, in the kingdom of God "" [cf.. MC 14,12-16.22-26]

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Here we see that Jesus offers the bread and wine, which he "transformed" into His Most Holy Body and Blood, to the apostles. subsequently, the apostles and their successors will repeat the words of Jesus uttering them on bread and wine, who by transubstantiation will again present to those who participate the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This is what the whole Church does today, when he celebrates the Eucharist.

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This great mystery is a sacrifice of love which for us still today means being in communion with the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharistic species. In fact, when we will soon receive the consecrated host, Jesus will take up residence in us, he will unite his Heart to our heart, our body will become the Temple of His Body and His Blood, and also of the Holy Spirit. According to some calculations, the Eucharistic species and therefore Jesus after being assumed remains united with us for fifteen minutes. In the time of distancing and isolation, the Lord makes himself bread to be intimate. And her intimacy with him, it calls each of us to love God and neighbor even more. The Eucharist is the sacrament of friendship and intimacy with God.

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The Roman historian Sallust wrote: “Wanting and not wanting the same things, questa è la vera amicizia». So let's ask the Lord, especially today, to open our soul and our spirit to him and to his great Eucharistic love, to unite our will with Him now, to prepare ourselves for the definitive encounter in eternal bliss.

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Rome, 6 June 2021

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Latin hymn of the 1264
Author
San Tommaso Aquino

I adore you, latent Déitas,
Within the forms, vere visitas:
To Thee my heart I bow with bended, he said,
because, have you plans, all fails.

All, touch, taste;, in too fallitur,
The hearing safely:
I believe all that the Son;
Nothing for truth.[2]

In cruce latébat sola Déitas,
But here lies hid at once the manhood too:
Ambo támen credens átque cónfitens,
Make the same thief.

Pests, like Thomas, not intúeor,
You, my God.
Make me believe more and more,
In the hope you, you diligent.

Memorial of,
living bread, giving life to man,
Grant my soul to live,
And always sweet taste.

Pie pellicáne, Jesus Lord,
I clean with your blood,
One drop of doing,
All the world from all kinds of crimes.

They are, whom now veiled,
I pray that, so thirst:
Out, thy face,
Visually, I may see. Amen.

Translation of Roman
Author
San Tommaso Aquino

O Jesus I adore you in the hidden host,
that, under these species, stay hidden:
Only in You does my heart abandon itself
Because contemplating You, everything is in vain.

The view, the sense of touch, the taste does not reach You,
but your word remains firm in me:
I believe in all of this / that the Son of God said:
nothing is truer than your word of truth.

You hid Divinity on the cross,
but your humanity is also hidden on the altar:
man-God faith reveals you to me,
I'm looking for what the repentant thief wanted.

I don't see wounds like Thomas,
however I confess that you are my God.
Make me believe in You more and more,
that he has hope in you and that he loves you.

O memorial of the Lord's death,
living bread that you offer life to man,
let my mind live on You,
and that you always taste sweetly.

O pious pelican Lord Jesus,
purify me, sinner, with your blood,
that, with a single drop, can save
the whole world from all sin.

O Jesus, which I now see,
I pray that what I so desire will happen:
that, seeing you with your face unveiled,
be blessed with the vision of your glory. Amen.

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About Father Gabriele

Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci Dell'Ordine dei Frati Predicatori Presbitero e Teologo ( Click on the name to read all its articles )

One thought on "You are the Lord the bread, you are food for us, risen to new life you are alive among us

  1. salve reverendo padre segnalo https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/angelus/2021/documents/papa-francesco_angelus_20210606.html mi ha colpito questa frasel eucarestia non è il premio dei santi, No, è il Pane dei peccatorima chiedo per ricevere la santa comunione non bisogna esser pentiti e confessati con il sacramento della penitenza o confessione ? giuda non fece forse una comunione sacrilega o no? o le parole di SAN PAOLO 1 corinzi 27-29 “Therefore everyone who unworthily, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord, It will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. Each, therefore, examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup; For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the Lord's body, mangia e beve la propria condanna”.hanno valore oppure no ?
    Thank you

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