living bread

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 21, 2005

Pope Benedict, from today's homily:

Yesterday evening we came together in the presence of the Sacred Host, in which Jesus becomes for us the bread that sustains and feeds us (cf. Jn 6:35), and there we began our inner journey of adoration. In the Eucharist, adoration must become union. At the celebration of the Eucharist, we find ourselves in the "hour" of Jesus, to use the language of John's Gospel. Through the Eucharist this "hour" of Jesus becomes our own hour, his presence in our midst. Together with the disciples he celebrated the Passover of Israel, the memorial of God's liberating action that led Israel from slavery to freedom. Jesus follows the rites of Israel. He recites over the bread the prayer of praise and blessing. But then something new happens. He thanks God not only for the great works of the past; he thanks him for his own exaltation, soon to be accomplished through the Cross and Resurrection, and he speaks to the disciples in words that sum up the whole of the Law and the Prophets: "This is my Body, given in sacrifice for you. This cup is the New Covenant in my Blood". He then distributes the bread and the cup, and instructs them to repeat his words and actions of that moment over and over again in his memory.

Benediction, August 20 (Reuters)

John Allen, from the front:

In a world of rapid-fire, MTV-style cutaways in television programs and movies, driven by the assumption that young people have limited attention spans and thus little capacity for following a line of thought, Pope Benedict made no apologies Sunday morning for veering into a lengthy exegesis of the Greek word proskynesis and the Latin adoratio. (He later tossed in a Hebrew term, beracha, to boot). ...

It's quite likely that some portions of his Sunday morning homily will have sailed over the heads of part of his audience, especially since the majority heard most of it through translation, but that's not quite the point. Many will come away inspired because this man, whom most of the World Youth Day participants regard as brilliant and holy, didn't water his thinking down. He didn't act as if he was saving his best stuff for someone else -- he assumed these young people were capable of meaty content.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 23, 2005 12:10 AM ET USA

    Yes, the youth have gleaned much from the Holy Father's writing and his homilies. And they'll continue to do so, as the other bloggers note. They are hungry and thirsty for the Truth. And the Holy Father has so much to offer. He is a great teacher... Although John Allen's conjecture is off just a bit, he is fairly accurate with his report. Thank you God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for giving us a great 264th Successor to Saint Peter, Pope Benedict XVI...

  • Posted by: - Aug. 22, 2005 6:31 PM ET USA

    Yes, two young people I encountered at Mass Sunday told me they had printed out copies of Pope Benedicts homilies from WYD from the internet and were excited about it! One noted that his dad had informed him of the great number of wonderful books on faith by B16 as well. These two seemed determined to delve further and understand - they were inspired by not being "talked down to" and had formed the idea that they could follow up and learn more. Viva il Papa!

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Aug. 21, 2005 8:12 PM ET USA

    Wow, it's great that John Allen is giving a fair and balanced appraisal of events. Though some of the teaching of Pope Benedict might sail over the heads of many, I bet you most all tasted some of the sweetness of the Truth even if they were not able to digest it whole. But, regarding what I've read of Pope Benedicts homily and addresses, I think the young people got more then Mr. Allen might realize. God is Good! God sustain Pope Benedict XVI !