Dear Brother and Sister in Christ, my Friends
Today, we come back to meditate the meaning and depth of the Holy Mass, as we prepare to celebrate next year in September, National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress in Liverpool
THE EUCHARIST as the place of reconciliation:
In the Eucharist we are aware of our inner fragility and sinfulness, our disobedience with God, with people, and with each other. Therefore, at the beginning of the Eucharist we confess:
“I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do…”
This confession is to make us realize the depth of our rooting in evil.
Sin reaches all the spheres of our personality and everyday life: actions, words, thoughts, emotions. Where there is evil intention and impure intention, there is sin. Sin is not only a ‘bad thing’ and a ‘bad word’, but it also develops bad desires. The bad tree is not only the one that gives bad fruits, but also the one that does not produce any fruit. Jesus has them cut and thrown into the fire (cf. Matthew 3:10).
The Eucharist is the place of reconciliation between God and man:
When we in our sins open up to God, He reconciles us with Himself. Human weakness and infidelity in love are not obstacles to the love of God. He loves us the way we are. He does not wait for our improvement to love us. Precisely because He loves us, we can fix and change our lives. This is the age of temptation, to think that the Creator will only love us when we are freed from all sins and become perfect.
God in His love for us is a realist. He counts not only our limitations, but also our misuse of freedom. God’s unconditional love for man-sinner is an invitation to reconcile with the Lord and renounce sin. God never walks away from us as sinners. It is always by sin that we go away from Him. The sinner is far from God, but God is near the sinner. God does not need to be reconciled with a man because He never leaves man. The sinner should reconcile himself with the Lord. The heavier the sins of man are, the more God is accompanied by his premonition of grace. It is through this grace that man can acknowledge his sins, confess them and reconcile himself with God and his neighbour. The Eucharist is the special place to reconcile sinners with God, a man with a loving Father. The tenderness and closeness shown to us by Jesus most convincingly tells us that one should not fear God, despite our sins. God gave up His own life for us, for us – sinners, which testifies to the senselessness of man’s fear before God.
The Eucharist is the place of fraternal reconciliation:
The Eucharist is not only a place of reconciliation with God, but also with our neighbour. Jesus says: ‘So, if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift’ (Matthew 5: 23-24).
We cannot join round the Eucharistic table if we have something against our brother, sister. Jesus simply says that whoever is in conflict with his brother, his sister is also in conflict with Him. Christ never separates us from our brothers and sisters. He always treats us as a community and family. Even if we meet with Him personally, He, too, sees our relationships with others. He is interested not only in our relationship with Him, but also in our relationships with friends and enemies.
The Eucharist calls us to love all people:
The good and the bad, those who favour us and the unfriendly also. God loves everyone equally. The same rain falls on the righteous and the unjust, the pious and the wicked, the saints and the criminals.God, by showing us mercy, calls us to share His love with those who have sinned against us, just as we have sinned against Him. The Eucharist is the place of redemption of all sins, both those we have committed to our fellow men and those who have done wrong to us. In the light of the Eucharistic light no human iniquity can hide and no sinner.
With love, friendship and prayers – Fr Marcin