Yesterday in section 353, we looked at the Biblical witness of the Lord Jesus in addressing matters of life. Today, the theme continues, giving us a view of how the Aparecida bishops promote the life offered by Jesus. They lean on the witness of two important commentators, as well as the Lord in his Bread of Life discourse:
354. In his Word and in all the sacraments, Jesus offers us food for the journey. The Eucharist is the vital center of the universe, capable of satisfying hunger for life and happiness: “the one who feeds on me will have life because of me” (Jn 6:57). At this banquet we happily participate in eternal life, and thus our daily existence becomes an extended Mass. But all God’s gifts require an adequate disposition in order to produce fruits of change. They especially demand of us a communal spirit, opening our eyes to recognize Him and serve Him in the very poor: “in the least of the brethren we find Jesus himself”(Deus Caritatis Est 15)
Is Pope Benedict’s testimony enough? What about one of the Eastern Doctors of the Church:
Hence Saint John Chrysostom used to appeal: “Do you wish to honor the body of Christ? Do not ignore him when he is naked. Do not pay him homage in the temple clad in silk, only then to neglect him outside where he is cold and ill-clad.”(Saint John Chrysostom, Homilies on St. Matthew, L 3-4 58, 508-509)
Remember to reference an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference here.