Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
“This is a day we will always remember, the day when we as a community could come together again after three months of a big and great Eucharistic fast, come back together in our churches to celebrate the Eucharist, to hear the Word of the Lord and to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ”, stated Archbishop Scicluna during the Holy Mass on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi.
During his homily, the Archbishop explained how in 1920, Pope Benedict the XV proclaimed to the Church the great news that he was going to proclaim a man from Syria, a doctor of the Church.
This man had lived in the 4th century and his name was Ephrem. He was a deacon, a great theologian, a great mystic, a great poet. He used his skills to compose extraordinary hymns through which he brought doctrine and faith to the people of God.
Archbishop Scicluna continued to explain that in one of his great hymns to the Eucharist, St Ephrem, doctor of the Church, saysthe following; “In your bread hides the spirits who cannot be consumed; in your wine as the fire that cannot be swallowed, the spirit in your bread, fire in your wine. Behold a wonder received by our lips”.
The image St Ephrem uses is of great intimacy, “spirit and fire that are received by our lips”, very sensitive of the body, but of the language of love and intimacy. And he remembers that the prophet Isaiah was purified when the glowing coal brought by the Seraph touched his lips.
St Ephrem says: “In the Eucharist the Lord does not only touch our lips, he grants us the grace to swallow this great fire, to consume the spirit. And if fire came to destroy sinners,” he says, “now the fire and the bread is a means whereby we are healed, purified and invigorated, given life”.
During the homily, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that a number of times in today’s Gospel, Jesus insists that his flesh is real food, his blood is real drink. It is not only our lips that are touched and purified, which means, of course, the Lord wanting to purify our loves and our passions, but it is this great gift of an inner purification that leads and draws us to eternal life.
During the Holy Mass on Corpus Christi devoted his prayers so that the community may be given the grace and the gift to participate in holy mass and to be able to receive Jesus Christ in his flesh and in his blood.