“Christ is encountered not on an inaccessible throne, but in the Eucharist” Pope Francis

“Christ is encountered not on an inaccessible throne, but in the Eucharist” Pope Francis

Pope_Francis_1_at_the_Wednesday_General_Audience_in_St_Peters_Square_on_May_20_2015_Credit_Daniel_Iba_n_ez_CNA_5_20_15“You do not encounter Jesus placed on an inaccessibly high throne, but in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. His word does not shake the doorposts, but rather caresses the strings of the heart,” Pope Francis said while addressing the altar servers. Thousands of young altar servers had gathered to listen to the Holy Father on Tuesday.

“If we do not resist him, Jesus will touch our lips with the flame of his merciful love, as he did to the prophet Isaiah. This will make us worthy to receive him and to bring him to our brothers and sisters” Pope added. He also said that to be close to Christ and to get to know him in the Eucharist enables one to be open to others, to journey together, and to set and accomplish demanding goals. “It is a source of real joy to recognize that we are small and weak, all the while knowing that, with Jesus’ help, we can be strengthened and take up the challenge of life’s great journey in his company” the Holy Father said.

The Pope was explaining a portion from the Book of Isaiah. Prophet Isaiah had a vision of God. The Prophet realized his weakness and imperfection when encountered God. The Holy Father said to the altar servers”You are more fortunate today than the prophet Isaiah” because of the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist. In them, we experience “the intimate closeness of Jesus, the sweetness and power of his presence.”

“Like the Prophet Isaiah, we are also invited to be open, and “not remain closed in on ourselves, protecting our faith in an underground bunker to which we flee in difficult moments,” the Pope explained. “Instead, we are called to share the joy of knowing we are chosen by God and saved by his mercy.

 

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