Jesus Is Always with Us in the Eucharist

"And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age" (Mt 28:20). This promise that, paradoxically, Jesus made to his disciples at the very moment in which he was leaving them was kept in a singular manner in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Under the palpable signs of the bread and the wine, Jesus becomes present at a certain time and place, allowing every human being, wherever they might be and in whatever historic epoch they might live, to establish a personal contact with him. Jesus chose to remain close to us, not merely to console us in our daily trials and to help us to accept life with its burden of misfortunes, injustices, and abuses. He is also near us in order to sustain us in our struggle against all manifestations of evil on earth and to encourage us in our commitment to making history progress toward goals more worthy of humanity. 

ANGELUS July 19, 1981

(Pope John Paul II, “Love is the Explanation of Everything”, Rizzoli 2011, Page 035)

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