XI ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY
THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS
2-23 October 2005
The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life
and Mission of the Church
10 October 2005
- H.E. Most. Rev. Christopher Henry TOOHEY, Bishop of
Consider the fact that the Author of the Universe took
human nature to himself, was born of a Virgin, had (and still has) a human body
and a human soul, lived, died and rose again on this tiny planet we call Earth.
He did all of this for us and our salvation. And his presence remains with us
substantially and really in the Eucharist. This Mystery staggers the mind; is
beyond our full comprehension. But the human heart can know it and love it and
accept it in true humility in the act of conversion.
We know that the
Eucharist is the Father's pledge of fidelity to and love for the human race. Our
faith is audacious and bold in its vision. It comes from God as a gift. We, who
are its teachers, must mirror its staggering beauty in the way we speak of the
Eucharist, in the way we celebrate the ritual of the Eucharist, and the way we
live the Eucharist.