The whole of Jesus earthly existence, from his conception until his death on the cross, was an act of love, to the point that we can summarize our faith in these words: "Jesus, caritas" -- Jesus, love. In the Last Supper, knowing that his hour had come, the divine Master gave his disciples the supreme example of love, washing their feet, and entrusted to them his precious legacy, the Eucharist, in which the whole paschal mystery is centered, as the venerated Pope John Paul II wrote in the encyclical "Ecclesia de Eucharistia." Take and eat, all of you, because this is my Body," "Take and drink all of you, because this is the cup of my Blood."
Jesus' words in the cenacle anticipated his death and manifested the consciousness with which he faced it, transforming it into a gift of himself, in the act of love that gives itself totally. In the Eucharist, the Lord gives himself to us with his body, with his soul and with his divinity, and we become one with him and among ourselves.
Our response to his love therefore must be concrete, and must be expressed in a genuine conversion to love, in forgiveness, in reciprocal acceptance and in attention for the needs of all. Many and varied are the forms of service that we can offer our neighbor in everyday life, if we pay a little attention. The Eucharist (((Mystery of Light))) becomes in this way the source of the spiritual energy that renews our life every day and, in this way, renews the love of Christ to the world.
Before closing his Sunday Angelus (Feb 25, 2007), the Pope reminded all those gathered in the piazza that "the indispensable spiritual energy required to establish peace and happiness can only be obtained from this source [Christ]."
On April 2, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI while celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Square to commemorate the third anniversary of John Paul's death recalled his mentor's devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in his homily: "The Mass--as he often said--was for him the focal point of every day and of his entire life. The "living and holy" reality of the Eucharist gave him the spiritual energy to guide the People of God along the path of history."
Yesterday at a special dedication Mass at Albano, Italy Pope Benedict again spoke about spiritual energy with the following words: "Therefore, the love of Christ, the love that will never end, is the spiritual energy that unites those who participate in the same sacrifice and are nourished by the one bread broken for the salvation of the world"
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