Angelus with Pope Francis: text

At this point, Vatican News is documenting Pope Francis’ catechesis on the Angelus Prayer in full and working translation into German. On the Vatican website www.vatican.va you will find all the official texts of the Pope translated into different languages.

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning and happy Sunday!

Today, in Italy and other countries, we are celebrating the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The Eucharist instituted at the Last Supper was like the last point on the path that Jesus indicated with certain signs, in particular the multiplication of the bread mentioned in today’s Gospel liturgy (cf. Lk 9: 11b-17). Jesus is concerned that the great crowd that followed him would hear his word and be freed from all kinds of evil. He blesses five loaves of bread and two fish, breaks them, the disciples distribute them and “they all ate and were satisfied” (Lk 9:17). In the Eucharist, everyone can experience this loving and concrete protection of the Lord. Those who faithfully receive the Body and Blood of Christ not only eat but are also saturated. Eat and be full: these are two basic needs that are met in the Eucharist.

meal. “Everyone ate,” writes St. Luke. In the early evening, the disciples advise Jesus to let the crowds go in search of food. But the master also wants to take care of it: he also wants to feed those who listened to him. However, the miracle of loaves and fish does not happen spectacularly, but almost subtly, like at a wedding at Cana: the loaf multiplies as it moves from hand to hand. And as they eat, the crowd realizes that Jesus cares about everything. He is the Lord present in the Eucharist: he calls us to be citizens of heaven, but in the meantime he has in mind the path we must take here on earth. If I don’t have bread in my pocket, he knows it and does it.

Sometimes there is a danger of reducing the Eucharist to an obscure dimension, perhaps bright and smelling of incense, but far from the limits of everyday life. In fact, the Lord takes all our needs to heart, beginning with the simplest. And he wants to set an example for his disciples, saying: “Give them yourselves to eat” (v. 13). Our Eucharistic devotion is confirmed when, like Jesus, we care for our neighbor: around us there is a hunger for food, but also for communion, consolation, friendship, good humor and attention. Hunger for evangelization! This is what we find in the Eucharistic Bread: Christ’s attention to our needs and a call to do the same for those around us. We have to eat and give food.

Besides eating there must be no lack of saturation. The crowd was filled with an abundance of food, but also with joy and amazement that they had received it from Jesus! While we need to be satisfied, we also need to be satisfied, which means we need to know that food is given to us out of love. In the Body and Blood of Christ, we find His presence, His life, given for each of us. Not only does it help us to go on, but it gives itself: it becomes our travel companion, it interferes with our affairs, visits our loneliness and restores us meaning and enthusiasm. (…) It fills us, it gives us “more” of what we are all looking for: the presence of the Lord! Because in the warmth of his presence, our life changes: without him, it would really only be gray. When we adore the Body and Blood of Christ, let us pray from the heart: “Lord, give me daily bread, which strengthens me and fills me with your presence!”

May the Blessed Virgin Mary teach us to adore the living Jesus in the Eucharist and to share Him with our brothers and sisters.

(Vatican news – in d)

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