“The Eucharist is not a prize for the good, but strength for the weak, for sinners. It is forgiveness, the omen that helps going on and keep walking “. This is what Pope Francis said in a video message sent to the national Eucharistic Congress – whose topic is “Nourished by Christ to nourish the others” – that opened today in Mumbai, India. In this event, where are present more than 700 delegates from all over the country, partakes also cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Pope-s special envoy. The bishop of Rome has stressed that the Eucharistic Congress is “a gift from God” for Christians in India and for the entire “population of a country which is so rich in cultural diversity and spirituality”. “Communion with the Lord”, he has added, “leads us towards solidarity with the others”. St. Peter’s successor has pointed out that “human beings all over the world need to be nourished”, and not only with “what is needed to satisfy their physical hunger”.
This is the reason why those whose hunger is appeased by the Body and Blood of Christ cannot remain indifferent toward our brothers and sisters who suffer hunger “for love, immortality, affection, attention, forgiveness, and mercy. These types of hunger can be satisfied only with Bread that comes from above”. According to Francis it is of utter importance to “bring the joy of the Gospel to those who have not yet received it” and “hope to those who live in darkness and despair”. He has ended his message expressing hope that the Congress which has just begun can be the harbinger of light, joy and happiness for the people of India and, at the same time, “an opportunity” to “be united in love”.