vrijdag, oktober 01, 2010

Waarom naar de H. Mis gaan?

Aartsbisschop Joseph Di Noia OP, de secretaris van de Congregatie voor de Goddelijke Eredienst, beantwoordt deze vraag op een schitterende wijze hier.

Sta ons toe enkel volgend fragment te citeren:
"For St. Thomas Aquinas it is but a short step from the Incarnation to the Holy Eucharist. In this connection, St. Thomas wrote: "It is a law of friendship that friends should live together....Christ has not left us without His bodily presence on our pilgrimage, but He joins us to Himself in this sacrament in the reality of His body and blood" (Summa Theologiae III, 75, 1). In effect, Aquinas is saying that it makes sense, given what we know about God's plan to bring us into the intimacy of His divine life, to leave us the extraordinary gift of the real and substantial presence of His Son in the Eucharist. In the light of the entire mystery of faith, we can see the Eucharist as the gesture of our divine friend. Pope John Paul II wrote in Ecclesia de Eucharistia: "It is pleasant to spend time with Him, to lie close to His breast like the Beloved Disciple (cf. Jn 13:25) and to feel the infinite love present in His heart" (§25).Pope Benedict has said the same thing: "In the sacrament of the altar, the Lord meets us, men and women created in God's image and likeness (cf. Gen 1:27), and becomes our companion" (Sacramentum Caritatis §1)"

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