Yesterday I mentioned the Pope’s play on the word Schatzkammer (treasury) when speaking of the new Adoration Chapel at Altötting. Today the Vatican website has this translation of his reflection on the treasure that is the Holy Eucharist:
Eucharistic adoration is an essential way of being with the Lord. Thanks to Bishop Schraml, Altötting now has a new “treasury”. Where once the treasures of the past were kept, precious historical and religious items, there is now a place for the Church’s true treasure: the permanent presence of the Lord in his Sacrament. In one of his parables the Lord speaks of a treasure hidden in the field; whoever finds it sells all he has in order to buy that field, because the hidden treasure is more valuable than anything else. The hidden treasure, the good greater than any other good, is the Kingdom of God – it is Jesus himself, the Kingdom in person. In the sacred Host, he is present, the true treasure, always waiting for us. Only by adoring this presence do we learn how to receive him properly – we learn the reality of communion, we learn the Eucharistic celebration from the inside. Here I would like to quote some fine words of Saint Edith Stein, Co-Patroness of Europe, who wrote in one of her letters: “The Lord is present in the tabernacle in his divinity and his humanity. He is not there for himself, but for us: for it is his joy to be with us. He knows that we, being as we are, need to have him personally near. As a result, anyone with normal thoughts and feelings will naturally be drawn to spend time with him, whenever possible and as much as possible” (Gesammelte Werke VII, 136ff.). Let us love being with the Lord! There we can speak with him about everything. We can offer him our petitions, our concerns, our troubles. Our joys. Our gratitude, our disappointments, our needs and our aspirations. There we can also constantly ask him: “Lord send labourers into your harvest! Help me to be a good worker in your vineyard!”
For the full text of Pope Benedict’s homily to religious and seminarians during the Marian Vespers at Altötting, click here.