When I read Pope Benedict in excerpts like this one, I honestly wonder why this doesn’t get preached to the curia:
Nevertheless, today this belonging to Christ runs the risk of being emptied of its truth and its deepest elements: It runs the risk of becoming a perspective that only touches life superficially, in the aspects that are just social and cultural.
(Are people content with) the experience of faith in Jesus, crucified and risen, does not enlighten the path of existence(?)
Are prelates just drifting through a clerical culture, going through the motions, defending the institution? Christ also calls us to deeper conversion. It’s not enough to get ordained. To get appointed to a high office. One must still reform and renew one’s relationship with Christ. Jesus might have preached Moses, the prophets, and the psalms on the road, but no human being masters it all in one hearing.
(The depression and discouragement of those two disciples is seen) when the disciples of today distance themselves from the Jerusalem of the Crucified and Risen One, when they cease to believe in the power and the living presence of the Lord. The problem of evil, of pain and suffering, the problem of injustice and abuse, of fear of others, of outsiders, and those who arrive to our lands from far away and seem to threaten who we are, [this] brings Christians of today to say with sadness: “We had hoped that the Lord would free us from evil, from pain, from suffering, from fear, from injustice.”
We had hoped the Lord would deliver us from liberals, from discomfort, from women, from SNAP and VOTF, from lawyers, from viri probati, from uncomfortable questions, from impolite lay people.
(The Eucharist) restores to us the eyes of faith, so as to see everything and everyone with the eyes of God and the light of his love.
Be holy! Put Christ at the center of your lives. Build the edifice of your existence upon him.
In Jesus you will find the strength to open yourselves to others and to make of yourselves, with his example, a gift for all of humanity.
It really is the biggest challenge for a believer. Continuing on the difficult path of restoration. When one has the first faith, then a shattering experience, one is challenged to rebuild–to learn to trust God again. The Sunday Gospel is a perfect metaphor not only for the celebration of the Eucharist, but also the downs and ups of placing trust in Christ.