“He broke the bread and gave it.” The story of the Last Supper is always moving. And when I hear on the feast of Corpus Christi. Gathered in this Plaza de Mayo, in front of our cathedral, called on all parishes, families, and people of God, the words of Jesus, the Lord’s gestures, touch us deeply the heart: “While they were eating, Jesus took the bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it saying: Take, this is my body. ”
The Lord has just entrusted to his, of opening your heart telling you it will deliver. One that soup bread in the same dish. But rather than continue to talk about the betrayal, Jesus focuses on the Alliance wishes to us. I would like us to stop a moment in this picture of Jesus giving bread and bless just starting going to pieces. It is an image of fragility. Fragility and shared love.
On Holy Thursday, the priests asked for the grace to “take care of the fragility of our people”, making a holy offering our own frailty. On May 25, we asked for all, as a nation, the grace to “get the country to shoulder” in the steps of Jesus the Good Samaritan, that burden on their shoulders our frailties. Today’s Gospel gives us a more profound: the fragility of the wound not as not as weakness that has to carry the strongest, but the fragility necessary for life to exist: the fragility of love of the Eucharist.
“Fragile” is “what shatters easily.” And the image that we see is the Gospel of the Lord “is bits” … bread and delivered. In the broken bread-fragile-hides the secret of life. In the life of every person, every family and the entire country.
How curious! Fragmentation is the danger as the greatest caution to our social life and our inner life. But in Jesus, this fragmented form of fresh bread is his gesture more vital, more unifying: To be whole is to be split! In the Eucharist, the weakness is strength. Strength of love which becomes weak to be received. Fortaleza is part of love to feed and give life. Fortress of love to be shared jointly fragments. Jesus broke bread with his hands! Giving Jesus in the Eucharist!
In this fragile love the Lord there is good news, a message of hope for us. The generous and all he wanted to do was to save us Jesus in the Eucharist guarded against all attempts of manipulation by men: Judas, the chief priests and elders, the Roman power and also of all the distortions that try do throughout history.
At dinner, the washing of the feet and the Eucharist, the message was clear Alliance: Jesus does not want to be anything other than bread of life for men. For those who did not live this covenant, scenes of passion you might suggest that the Lord’s blood was wasted, his body hanging on the cross, was ruined as a theft useless. In contrast to the communicants with him, this Jesus pierced and bleeding, is more whole and alive than ever. Now there is hope of resurrection at the Last Supper.
Jesus’ gesture of breaking bread-fragile and tender-, became the signal to recognize the resurrected: “They recognized him in the breaking of bread.” For us this is the sign to believe in the risen Jesus.
“This is the mystery of faith,” we say after the consecration and showed the fragility of the bread, the body of Christ, broken and separated from the blood of the Lord that contains the chalice. This is the sign for us to believe that the Lord gave us.
And by incorporating it with faith gives us life, we are united in intimacy with Him and with the Father, unifies us inside, makes us one body with others in the Church.
When we contemplate the Eucharist. That’s the force that has the fragility of bread, mystery of faith until the Lord returns.
We now turn our gaze to the fragility of our people. With Jesus, our fragility acquires a new meaning. It is true that the fragility makes them suffer various temptations: the temptation to live at the mercy of changing moods, the temptation to delude any promise of solutions to improve things a little nomas, the temptation to be isolated and fragmented each in his own weakness . It’s true, we can not deny-that incites violent fragility to strip the weakest.
But it is also true, and deeper, the fragility of our people is a result of his gentleness, his desire for peace, a record-which sometimes seems naive, to renew again and again hopes. It is a fragile evangelized, in which there is a lot of gentleness and trust us that Jesus was announced here in our country for over 500 years and has shared our story. So with Jesus, we are to be a people who took the bread with your hands, bless it, breaks it and shares. The Lord is to be whole pieces each asked Him to reconstitute as people, as a Church and as a society.
Against the fragmentation that comes from selfishness, we ask for the grace of love that comes fragility of delivery.
Against fragmentation that makes us fearful and aggressive, we ask the grace to be like bread that is so powerful. And not only to hit but the joy of sharing and exchange it.
Against fragmentation each be isolated and in their own interests, we ask the grace to be integers, each in his place, fighting at all, for the common good.
Against the fragmentation which springs from skepticism and distrust, we ask the Lord for the grace of faith and hope, which leads us to toil away and wear us trusting Him and our brothers.
May our Mother and Lady, the Virgin Mary, who lived with the fragility of Jesus, who cared for the boy, and said to his Son down from the Cross, teach us the secret of the whole look with faith and human frailty take care with charity, because there, the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the real hope springs.
Buenos Aires, June 21, 2003.
Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio S.J.