23 May 2008

From Rorate Caeli: Excerpt of Pope's Sermon on Corpus Christi

Other outlets have amply covered the wonderful news that the Pope distributed Holy Communion to the faithful at the Corpus Christi Mass exclusively on-the-tongue, and kneeling. Step after step after step, the Holy Father re-introduces Catholic tradition.

Rorate Caeli has a nice excerpt of His Holiness' homily. The Pope certainly has a way with words:

Adoring the God of Jesus Christ, made bread, broken for love, is the most valid and radical remedy against the idolatries of yesterday and of today. Kneeling in front of the Eucharist is a profession of freedom: who bends to Jesus cannot and must not prostrate before any earthly power, as strong as it may be. We, Christians, kneel only before God, before the Most Holy Sacrament, because we know and believe that in it is present the one true God, who has created the world and has so loved the world to give his only begotten Son.

We prostrate before a God who first inclined himself toward man, as Good Samaritan, to rescue him and give him life, and who knelt before us to cleanse our filthy feet. Adoring the Body of Christ means believing that there, in that piece of Bread, there is truly Christ, who gives true meaning to life, to the immense universe as well as to the smallest creature, to the entire human history as well as to the briefest existence. The adoration is a prayer which prolongs Eucharistic celebration and communion, and in which the soul continues to nourish itself: it is nourished with love, with truth, with peace; it nourished itself with hope, because the One before whom we prostrate does neither judge us, nor humiliates us, but transforms us and makes us free.

Benedict XVI

Homily (Most Holy Body of Christ)

May 22, 2008


Anonymous said...

I saw this on Rorate Caeli and thought it was a beautiful sermon.

Thanks for reprinting it here. I wish someone would print it on a holy card with that picture of the Holy Father on the front.

thetimman said...

Anon, Rorate Caeli is my favorite blog. It doesn't always have new daily content, but when they post it is almost always fantastic, and always worth reading.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

and even better, people receiving kneeling and on the tongue from the Pope