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Pope Francis reflects on the Eucharist as a “meeting point” with Christ

Pope Francis in his reflection on the Eucharistic Mass explained how the Mass is an encounter with Christ, where he shares his closeness and love with His children. 

He said that when we meet “with him in prayer, and above all in the Eucharist, we experience the consolation of His presence, the grace of His forgiveness and the joy to live fully our vocation as God's beloved children.”

“Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In this new series of catecheses on the Eucharist, we begin by reflecting on the fact that the Mass is first and foremost a prayer, indeed the prayer par excellence.

For at every Mass we encounter God in his word and in the body and blood of Christ. Made in God’s image and likeness, we were made to know him, to love and to serve him. In prayer, we experience God’s closeness and love; we speak to him, but we also learn to listen to his voice speaking in our hearts. Jesus himself teaches us, as he did his disciples, how to pray. From him we learn to call God our Father, to trust in his love, and to be constantly surprised by the signs of that love. When Jesus speaks of our need to be “reborn” (cf. Jn 3:15), he is in fact inviting us to accept his gift of new life in the Spirit.

By his sacrifice on the cross, he has atoned for all our sins and enabled us to make a new beginning, to lead a truly spiritual life. In our encounter with him in prayer, and above all in the Eucharist, we experience the consolation of his presence, the grace of His forgiveness and the joy of his invitation to live fully our vocation as God’s beloved children.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly the groups from England, Denmark, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Hong Kong and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ.”