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Il Torchio mistico: Cristo e la vite fra passione ed eucarestia, in “Il Sangue della Redenzione”, a. III, luglio-dicembre 2005, n. 2, pp. 27-62.

Il Torchio mistico: Cristo e la vite fra passione ed eucarestia, in “Il Sangue della Redenzione”, a. III, luglio-dicembre 2005, n. 2, pp. 27-62.
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  IL SANGUE DELLA REDENZIONE RIVISTA SEMESTRALE DEI MISSIONARI DEL PREZ.MO SANGUEAnno III - n. 2 - luglio-dicembre 2005  4 Il Sangue della Redenzione Sommario  In copertina: L’Agnello immolato e glorificato (Roma, chiesa di Santa Anastasia) (Foto Michele Colagiovanni) Intervento del Direttore Generale C.PP.S. al SinodoCOMMUNION AND RECONCILIATIONIN THE BLOOD OF CHRISTp.5di Barry Fischer, cppsL’EVANGELIZZAZIONE. PRIMO IMPEGNO DEL PRESBITEROcon richiami a San Gaspare del Bufalo 9di Giuseppe Nocilli, o.s.b.IL TORCHIO MISTICO :CRISTO E LA VITEFRA PASSIONE ED EUCARESTIA27di Angelo LodaPAOLA MANDATORI SACCHETTI:UN’EMULA DI MARIA DE MATTIAS63di Michele Colagiovanni, cpps ILSANGUE DELPERDONONELMESSAGGIODI SORELLAJOSEFAMENÈNDEZ 85di Norma Mancini COME ESTINGUERE ILBRIGANTAGGIOALTRE OPINIONI 99di Michele Colagiovanni, cppsUn Giubileo “fruttuoso”L’ANNO SANTO DEL 1825-26 NELL’ EPISTOLARIO DI S. GASPARE DEL BUFALO117di Mario Spinelli [DALL’ORATORIO SACRO ALL’OPERALIRICA] 137di Licinio Refice (trascrizione e note di Irene Mirabella)CATTOLICESIMO E MODERNITÀALLE RADICI DELL’OCCIDENTE167di Arcangelo Sacchetti  “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the Blood of Christ?” (I Cor 10:16) With these words, St. Paul reminds us of the cir-cle of communion that is created by participation in the Eucharist. Thatcommunion in the Blood of Christ is the source and support for manyother forms of our coming together in the human family, and especiallyalso for our going forth in mission. Pope John Paul II, of blessedmemory, noted a number of these in his Apostolic Letter, “Mane nobi-scum Domine.” There he speaks of a “culture of the Eucharist” that leadsto a “culture of dialogue” (no. 26), and of a “project of solidarity for allhumanity” (no. 27). The  Instrumentum laboris for this Synod echoesthese sentiments of the timeless message of the Eucharist “which isnecessary in constructing a society where communion, solidarity, free-dom, respect for the person, hope and trust in God prevail” (no. 79). In these remarks I wish to address but one of these areas, namely, how the Blood of Christ is the source and motivation for a mission of recon-ciliation in our troubled and wounded world. The many conflicts anddivisions, from the death and destruction of terrorism to the deteriora-tion and disintegration in familiesand the great suffering caused bythem, must be the object of our mission. Our evangelization must speakof reconciliation, but also embody the message of the reconciliation thatGod has brought about in Jesus Christ. Those who are aliens and stran-gers are brought near by the saving Blood of Christ. For Christ is our Il Sangue della Redenzione  5 INTERVENTO DEL DIRETTORE GENERALE C.PP.S. AL SINODO COMMUNION AND RECONCILIATIONIN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST di Barry Fischer, cpps  peace; in his flesh he has made the two one, and has broken down the walls of hostility (cf. Eph 2:12-14).In that sharing in the Blood of Christ of which St. Paul speaks, we notonly enter into communion; we also commit ourselves to sharing the suf-fering of others as Christ did in his own death. Elsewhere, St. Paulreminds us that we carry the death of the Lord in our bodies (2 Cor4:10). It is in that commitment, so marked by Christ’s shedding of hisPrecious Blood, that we truly enter into the suffering of others so as tobe able to offer the gift of reconciliation and healing of God.In sharing in the Eucharistic cup God invites us to renew the covenantrelationship with Him, as the basis of all other relationships. For recon-ciliation is indeed a gift from God, “who has reconciled us to himself inChrist, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation….So we areambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us” (2 Cor 5:18-20). We are to carry that message of reconciliation into a world so in need of its healing balm. In receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist, we are cal-led to “recognize the body,” that is we are called to recognize our ownbroken and wounded body and that of our brothers and sisters: ourfamilies, our communities, our society and even our Church.The Blood of Christ, shed on the cross, and renewed in the sacrificeof the Eucharist, is a sign of God’s great love for the world and is thepledge that God will accompany us in that often arduous ministry of reconciliation. The aim of that reconciling ministry is to overcomehatred, injustice, and division. But its ultimate goal is the bringing of peace, the peace that Christ has won by the blood of his cross (cf. Col1:20), the peace that reconciles all things in Christ. Pope John Paul II cal-led the Eucharist a “great school of peace”: “More than ever, our trou-bled world, which began the new millennium with the specter of terro-rism and the tragedy of war, demands that Christians learn to experien-ce the Eucharist as a great school of peace, forming men and women who, at various levels of responsibility in social, cultural and political life,can become promoters of dialogue and communion” (no. 27). The communion achieved in the reconciling Blood of Christ empowersus to be bridge-builders, truth-tellers  , and the healers of wounds; it is alsoan evangelization in action of the great message of the Gospel. Our“amen” when receiving communion affirms not only the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist; it invites us to be bread broken and blood pouredout, life given, for the life of the world;it is also a commitment to respect 6 Il Sangue della Redenzione  life and uphold the dignity of every human person and to help others,especially the poor. We become as it were “living chalices” carrying thePrecious Blood of Christ, that sacred balm, to those who are in need of healing in their brokenness, to those wounded by poverty, to those left half dead by the wayside, scorned and scarredby prejudice, racism, and war.The Precious Blood is an invitation to inclusion,tothe expansive visionreflected in the book of Revelation (7:9-14), thatspeaks of welcoming andhospitality to those abandoned or pushed to the margins. St. John Chrysostom wrote: “We stain with the Blood of the Lamb, thedoors of our Temple, so that His Blood shines on the lips of the faithful”(Office of Readings for Good Friday). We share the cup together just as Jesus shared the cup with his disciples at the Last Supper, and we aretransformed into the one body of the living Christ, always dying andalways rising for the salvation of the world. As “ambassadors of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:20) we offer the Blood of Christ to a world thirsty for harmony with God, with humanity and withall creation. The Blood of Christ quenches the thirst for that communionin whichpeople of great diversity can come together in deep and abidingunity,and calls us to be Eucharistic communities which embracethose who aredistant, separated, or cut off. Participation in the Euchariststrengthens and emboldens us to dream a different history, to build anew world, a world that conforms to God’s plan for humanity as revea-led in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.We need to recoverthe social dimension of the Eucharist in order tomake the Eucharist trulythe font and culmination of the Christian life.Without this social dimension our celebrations run the risk of becominghollow ritual. For it is on the basis of how we live out the Eucharist inour daily lives that our participation in the Eucharist will be confirmed.As St. Augustine reminds us (Sermon 272): “You are the body of Christand His members … You reply ‘Amen’ to that which you are, and byreplying you consent. For you hear ‘The body of Christ,’ and you reply‘Amen.’ Be a member of the body of Christ so that your ‘Amen’ may betrue… Be what you see, and receive what you are.”The “Ite, missa est” sends us forth with the Eucharistic message tocreate that culture of peace where the practice of reconciliation reflectsGod’s project of solidarity for all humanity. Il Sangue della Redenzione 7
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