Family and Eucharist.
The total gift of themselves of Christian spouses finds its perfect inspiration and its nourishment in the gift of the Eucharist:
“Jesus knocks at the door of family, to share with them the Eucharistic supper (CF. Rev. 3:20). There spouses can always seal anew the paschal covenant which united them and which ought to reflect the covenant which God sealed with mankind in the cross. The Eucharist is the sacrament of the new covenant, where Christ’s redemptive work is carried out (CF. Lk 22:20). The close bond between married life and the Eucharist thus becomes all the more clear. For the food of the Eucharist offers the spouses the strength and incentive needed to live the marriage covenant each day as ‘domestic church” (AL 318).
The Pope comments a text by Saint Paul: Chapter 11 of the First Letter to the Corinthians, from verses 17 to 34:
“…The celebration of the Eucharist thus becomes a constant summons for everyone ‘to examine himself or herself’, to open the doors of the family to greater fellowship with the underprivileged, and in this way to receive the sacrament of that Eucharistic love which makes us one body. We must not forget that the mysticism of the sacrament has a social character. When those who receive it turn a blind eye to the poor and suffering, or consent to various forms of division, contempt and inequality, the Eucharist is received unworthily. On the other hand, families who are properly disposed and receive the Eucharist regularly, reinforce their desire for fraternity, their social consciousness and their commitment to those in need” (AL 186).
(Comment by Jesus Moran at the meeting of the New Family Secretariats held in Castel Gandolfo from 3 to 6 November 2016)