This is something very deep and intimate in the heart of Jesus. He is saying something to the people which is a very secret reality. He wants to tell them, “I love you so much, I want to live in you.” This is what love is all about. To love is to live in another person, and to carry that person in one. Love is a unity between people, a unity of sentiment and thought.
Jesus says: “If you eat my body and drink my blood, you will remain in me and I in you. Abide in me and I in you. If my words abide in you and you abide in me, ask whatever you will. Abide in me as the branch abides in the vine. Abide.” This is what love is all about. To love is to abide. The lover wants to abide in the loved one as he carries the loved one in his heart.
When Jesus says, “I give you my body,” it is a sign that he is living in us, that he is a lover. This food, this bread of life, is nourishment, but it is nourishment as love is nourishment. Jesus’ words are words of a lover, the words of someone who thirsts to live in people and to carry people in him. It was these words which helped people realize that he came not as a miracle worker, but as the lover, as the friend who saves and calls us forth to the Father…
This is why Jesus came; to transform us, to live in us, so that we become like him, so that we are not just cowering servants, performing the law, but a free people, freed by the Spirit, transformed by him and in him...
As he teaches us to love as he loves, he makes of us one body, the body which is his Church, the mystical body, not just the union of juxtaposed realities, but the union of people who, united in the Spirit, have become one body, the body of Christ.
ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH
AUGUST 30, 2003—9:00 a. m. - 12 midnight
AUGUST 31, 2003—8:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.
The reliquary or locket that is suspended on the chain on the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe contains five relics. The Archbishop of Mexico City gave them to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1941 in appreciation of the important official visit of Los Angeles Archbishop Cantwell to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. His pilgrimage helped to reopen doors between the two countries that had been closed by the repressive Mexican Socialist government that had brutalized the Catholic faithful, including the murder of priests.
CENTER: Relic of Juan Diego’s tilma, which contains the miraculous imprint of Our Lady of Guadalupe of Mexico. Displayed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, the tilma is the most recognized Christian symbols in the Western Hemisphere.
UPPER RIGHT: Relic of St. Francis Borgia. Duke Francis of Gandia was a young Christian nobleman of the famous Borgia family, cousin to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. He was also a true man of God. When the duke’s wife died, he gave his office to his eldest son and became a Jesuit priest in 1550. He practiced great humility and accomplished great works for God, including spreading the Society of Jesus across Spain and Portugal. He was known as “the duke turned Jesuit” and was called upon to speak, leaving strong impressions on many highborn youth who followed him into the Order. In 1566, St. Francis was made the Superior General of the Jesuits and sent missionaries all over the world, spreading the faith to many lands.
LOWER RIGHT: Relic of St. Teresa of Avila. Born of noble parents in Spain, Teresa joined the Carmelite Order and reformed it, and built many convents. She lived a life of constant prayer and brought many souls to Jesus. After an apparition of Jesus and many saints, her soul was taken to heaven in 1582. St. Teresa, renowned for her writings on mystical theology, is one of three women who are doctors of the Church.
LOWER LEFT: Relic of St. Francis Xavier. Born of noble parents in 1506, Francis became a teacher. He joined St. Ignatius Loyola and four other young men and formed the Society of Jesus to work for the conversion of souls. Francis went to India and Japan where he converted thousands of pagans until his death in 1552. He is the Patron of Foreign Missions.
UPPER LEFT: Relic of St. Ignatius Loyola. Ignatius was a soldier who undertook a long recovery from a badly broken leg. At that time he read a book about the lives of the saints and decided to change his life to one of service in the name of Jesus. In Paris, he founded the Jesuit Order to teach, educate, and evangelize during the Protestant Reformation when many were falling away from the Church. He even sent Jesuits to bring the faith to the Indians of the New World. Ignatius was almost totally blind when he died at the age of 65 in 1556.