"I have come that they may have life and have it fully."(Jn. 10,10).
On the weekend of March 6, 7 and 8 we had the privilege of the three juniors from Spain attending the juniors meeting, which took place at the Theological Institute of Religious Life – “Regina Apostolorum” School.
More than 120 consecrated persons gathered to work on the Eucharist as a source and summit of Christian life (LG), especially in our religious life for the world. How this Eucharist shapes us, transforms us and sends us.
At the meeting, both in plenary and presentation moments, and in group meetings, we were able to begin to discover, from the hands of theologians, that in the Eucharist, we meet a restless divinity who sent us to continue with His mission; and for this reason it is food and configures us with the mystical body of Christ. Our life becomes a daily Eucharist in the actions that are sustained in this mystery of love. We confirm in it our consecration.
As we receive the Eucharist, we are sent, and we cannot (nor do we have to) stop the impulse of the body of Christ, of his transforming force, in us and in others. In this cosmic nature of mystery, we discover that the Eucharist has no end, it is eternal, alive and updated in us, every day, in every gesture; the Lord chooses us as co-creators with Him in His mission, and he nourishes us daily in the celebration of these mysteries.
On the other hand, we understand that the Eucharist causes us to live in love; not only as a pleasant, harmonious path, but it can imply suffering, pain, loss, betrayal, denial, and a rebirth again, to the model of love delivered, patient and helpful of Jesus at the Last Supper. It is a path that requires facing trials, risking even feeling vulnerable; exposed to being, like Christ, abandoned, betrayed, denied, silenced, and yet continue to be called to love despite all this.
As a result of this, community life is a reflection of the Eucharistic life and vice versa; We cannot authentically live the Eucharist if we do not know how to live together and share in the community. The two meetings, the mass and the table, must be lived in coherence and harmony, one with the other; otherwise, something does not work in the genuine and true experience of the mystery. Because the Eucharist is not understood as an experience of individuality, but as an experience that, from its own intimacy, opens up to the collective, expands personal limits, desires, love and interest, and is expanded, deepened and fulfilled. As a dialogue between the Trinity and the people of God, who, being fruitful, transforms the two parties in relationship.
The community of which we are a part is a body, a member of other bodies - congregation and Church. Our way of being and living is what bears witness of resurrection to the world.
Thus, the first communities, explicitly says the reading of Acts (4, 32), had a single heart, and a single soul; they were in agreement and unanimous, when it came to feeling and acting. The same sense summoned them, the same force (sharing the bread and the word) and this same force sent them outside towards the mission. Our God is a missionary God, by definition, he goes out to meet each of us, and through us with the world.
Starting from his real Eucharistic presence, let us go out to meet the world; from Him, through Him, and towards Him.
Carolina, Inés and Raquel