Pope Benedict on the Eucharist

This is excellent. No “me and Jesus” individualistic devotionalism here:

In a culture that is ever more individualistic like that in which Western societies are immersed and which is spreading throughout the world, the Eucharist constitutes a kind of “antidote”, which operates in the minds and hearts of believers and continually sows in them the logic of communion, of service, of sharing, in a word, the logic of the Gospel.The first Christians, in Jerusalem, were an evident sign of this new way of life because they lived in fraternity and held all of their goods in common so that no one should be indigent (cf. Acts 2:42-47). Where did all of this come from? From the Eucharist, that is, the risen Christ, really present with his disciples and working with the power of the Holy Spirit. And in the succeeding generations, through the centuries, the Church, despite human limits and errors, continued to be a force for communion in the world.    We think especially of the most difficult periods, the periods of trial: What did it mean, for example, for countries that were under the heal of totalitarian regimes to have the possibility to gather for Sunday Mass! As the ancient martyrs of Abitene proclaimed: “Sine Dominico non possumus” – without the “Dominicum,” that is, the Sunday Eucharist, we cannot live.

Thanks to Pray Tell reader Tom Poelker for sending it in – highlighting is his.



  1. the heel, not the heal

    Today’s Gospel should also be applied beyong the “me and Jesus” horizon. THe Word that the sower sows is meant as a basic for a just society. Corruption and irresponsibility on the social level — to which individuals contribute — is a fruit of not hearing the Word. “Let him who has ears to ear, hear,” is a call to social intelligence rather than to individualist piety.

  2. I don’t know …. that same early Christian community more or less killed a married couple because they held back some of their money, and as for communion and totalitarian regimes – sometimes those two things went together, as in Franco’s Spain. Anyway, I like “me and Jesus” 🙂

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