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Feast, Corpus Christi
 


"God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him" (Jn 3:16-17).
These words show the deepest source of God's gift. In the Eucharist Jesus does not give us a "thing," but himself; he offers his own body and pours out his own blood. He thus gives us the totality of his life and reveals the ultimate origin of this love. He is the eternal Son, given to us by the Father.

 
Apostolic Exhortation
SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS

 
 
 
Feast, Corpus Christi
 


On the feast of Corpus Christi we especially look at the sign of bread. It reminds us of the pilgrimage of Israel during the 40 years in the desert. The Host is our manna whereby the Lord nourishes us - it is truly the bread of heaven, through which he gives himself.

 
Homily
Solemnity of the Sacred Body
and Blood of Christ
St John Lateran
15 June 2006

 
 
 
Feast, Corpus Christi
 


Corpus Christi is a unique feast and constitutes an important encounter of faith and praise for every Christian community. This feast originated in a specific historical and cultural context: it was born for the very precise purpose of openly reaffirming the faith of the People of God in Jesus Christ, alive and truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. It is a feast that was established in order to publicly adore, praise and thank the Lord, who continues "to love us "to the end', even to offering us his body and his blood" (Sacramentum Caritatis, n. 1).

 
Homily
Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Basilica of St John Lateran
7 June 2007

 
 
 
Feast, Corpus Christi
 


The Incarnation, the birth of Jesus, tells us that God does indeed find a place among us. Though the inn is full, he enters through the stable, and there are people who see his light. They recognize Herod's dark closed world for what it is, and instead follow the bright guiding star of the night sky.

 
Address
St Joseph's Seminary, New York
19 April 2008

 
 
 
Feast, Corpus Christi
 


On the feast of Corpus Christi we especially look at the sign of bread. It reminds us of the pilgrimage of Israel during the 40 years in the desert. The Host is our manna whereby the Lord nourishes us - it is truly the bread of heaven, through which he gives himself.

 
Homily
Solemnity of Corpus Christi
St John Lateran, Rome
15 June 2006