Archbishop’s homily on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Dear brothers and sisters:
1 – In the readings of this feast, there are two phrases that I share with you. One is in San Pablo, and talks about union, union among many people, marriage is a large assembly church. It reads:
“There are one bread, and all of us, though many, are one body, because they partake of the one bread” (1 Cor 10, 17).
The other phrase opens and closes the Gospel today. Is Jesus, and tells of a walking bread that comes down from heaven, which gives life to a people walking and offered to give everyone life. It is a bread that reaches out to all, a missionary bread. It reads:
“This is the bread that came down from heaven: not as your ancestors who ate and died. He who eats this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. ”
And, hearing these texts, I think of our Archdiocesan Assembly. Today we are people walking in Assembly, each in their state of life, with his personal charisma. Parents, priests, religious, catechists … walking in Assembly. Children, the elderly, young people, moms and dads walking … Assembly. God’s faithful people in Assembly walking in procession around the Body of Christ, the Bread of Life. As the people of Israel out of Egypt, walking toward the Promised Land Assembly, which for us is Heaven’s coming down, walking to meet us at every Eucharist, He who is Bread for the life of the world.
2 – The call to the Diocesan Assembly questioned us all. “What does it mean, how to prepare, why now …”. and raised questions, proposals, diagnoses, plans and review … Seeing all reactions in prayer came to my mind a way to come from John Paul II. When I had a problem or a challenge arose wondering two things: first what Gospel passage illuminates this challenge?, The other: who can convene and prepare to face or solve?.
The answer to the last question is clear: The Lord calls us all. Who can convene and prepare to meet the challenges of the Archdiocese? In all, the Church Assembly.
And as the Gospel passage that can illuminate this challenge I came into his heart to end the Gospel of John, that night when Peter said:
“‘I’m going fishing’ and the other replied ‘We’ll come with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. ”
But something caught in the middle of his fatigue and infertility. That small group, that first Church-yet-little boat that went to “navigate offshore Assembly” attracted him to the Lord. Jesus caught, you might say. In fact it was he who had come to seek. Or rather, had come to expect come looking, as usual. And Peter, when he sees it, is thrown overboard boldly, with courage.
3 – Walk in assembly, as the people of Israel in the wilderness, surfing assembly, like the first disciples of the Risen is a present ourselves to the Lord we look, we find and we manifest.
Walk in Assembly as did Joseph and Mary, is to experience the exciting together with others to discern, to let God who writes the history.
Walk as did the walkers Assembly of Emmaus is to enter the “Time of God” so that your partner presence allows us to deepen our identity and awareness of our mission.
Walk occasion Assembly is to get in the way of dialogue, as did the disciples as they followed Jesus, leaving then to share the bread, he will help overcome misunderstandings and grow in holiness and missionary community.
Walk in Assembly is going out to meet people, caring fragilities, trusting in the promise of Jesus to give efficacy to the Word and the gestures with which we witness to his love.
4 – When a particular church meets and persevere in prayer, together with Mary, the spirit feels called again and comes to our aid. We start walking, then, to draw the eye of our God.
We want to attract provident gaze upon us from our Heavenly Father, that we, prodigal sons, we see from afar, we have risen and just put on way back to Him who has prepared the banquet of the Eucharist, the Feast of Bread of Mercy, can rejoice beyond all human expectation.
We want to attract the gaze upon us companion of Jesus, the beloved Son, which also launches offshore and meets us on our weaknesses and difficulties of life when he sees that, for his sake, we have been exposed, and we need give us a hand in faith because we have thrown overboard and alone can not. For friends favorite to take to the seas, together with apostolic courage, the Lord has prepared breakfast on the shore of the Eucharist, the Feast waybread fraternally is shared in adoring silence, between mission and mission capable restoring forces beyond all expectation.
We want to bring upon us the eyes of the Spirit that burns the hearts, drawn to a church meeting that awaits.
It is the Spirit that makes us true Assembly and puts us on track to go out and proclaim the Gospel to all peoples.
The Spirit is the one who sets the pace of the life of the Church. And what brand eucharistically: marks the time when the Assembly meets to wait, and held together with the consolidation of the Pan Pacific and mercy that keeps the unit.
He is the one that marks the time when the Assembly sets off his breath driven living, and those who dare to go out on mission the Spirit accompanies them and they will serve their time the Bread of free charity, which feeds life unusually Assembly, multiplying loaves and reviving those who follow the Lord.
5. – When, with apostolic courage, walked into Assembly, the Lord walks with us. And then it is he who writes history. Assembly is please let God who writes the story, it is God who star in the fight, it is God who makes all things new. And do all this with us: with the signs we do with our hands, with the traces left by our steps … He writes the story. And he knows even write straight with crooked lines.
To Mary, Eucharistic Woman, the first that came to walk with Jesus in her womb, around which the first Assembly met to await Pentecost, we ask you to come with us to walk and keep us united in prayer that, through us, the Lord can come to give life to all the world, as is their wish.
Buenos Aires, May 28, 2005.
Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio S.J