Pope at Angelus: Eucharist makes us prophets of a new world

At the Sunday Angelus prayer, Pope Francis reflects on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, and says the Eucharist helps us overcome selfishness and opens us to love and fraternity.

By Devin Watkins

Pope Francis prayed the Angelus on Sunday, as the Church in many countries celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, known as Corpus Christi.

Ahead of the traditional Marian prayer, the Pope reflected on Jesus’ act of giving Himself to us in the Eucharist on the night of the Last Supper.

The Gospel emphasizes the dimension of “gift,” he said, noting that Jesus revealed His identity and mission in this simple act of giving bread to His disciples.

“He did not hold back His life for Himself, but gave it to us,” said Pope Francis. “He did not consider His being like God a jealous treasure, but stripped Himself of His glory to share our humanity and bring us into eternal life.”

Jesus, added the Pope, made his entire life a gift on our behalf.

Connection to entire Church

He went on to note that the Eucharist is a core part of the Christian life of faith.

“Celebrating the Eucharist and feeding on this Bread,” he said, “as we do especially on Sundays, is not an act of worship detached from life or a simple moment of personal consolation.”

Communion, said the Pope, makes each of us capable of offering our own lives for others, since it teaches us to share what we are and what we have.

Prophets of new world

Pope Francis pointed out that the Eucharist helps us turn away from the logic of possession and consumption for its own sake, as we become “prophets and builders of a new world.”

“When we overcome selfishness and open ourselves to love, when we cultivate bonds of fraternity, when we participate in the sufferings of our brothers and sisters and share bread and resources with those in need, when we make our talents available to everyone,” he said, “then we are breaking the bread of our life like Jesus.”

Seeking benefit of all

In conclusion, the Pope invited us to ask ourselves if we share our lives with others or if we seek our own interests.

“May the Virgin Mary, who welcomed Jesus, Bread come down from Heaven, and gave herself entirely with Him,” prayed Pope Francis, “help us to become a gift of love, united with Jesus in the Eucharist.”

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02 June 2024, 12:05

The Angelus is a special prayer recited by Catholics three times a day, at 6am, noon, and 6pm and is accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus bell. The name comes from the Latin word for Angel and the prayer itself reminds us of how Jesus Christ assumed our human nature through the Mystery of the Incarnation.
The Pope recites the Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square every Sunday at midday.
He also gives a brief reflection on the Gospel of the day and often comments on some issue of international concern. The Pope’s words are broadcast all over the world on radio and television and widely shared on social media.
From Easter to Pentecost the Regina Coeli is prayed instead of the Angelus. This prayer commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and, like the Angelus, concludes with the recitation of the Gloria three times.

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