The transformation of the world – the pope on Corpus Christi

Without illusions, without ideological utopias, we walk the streets of the world, bringing within us the Body of the Lord, like the Virgin Mary in the mystery of the Visitation. With the humble awareness that we are simple grains of wheat, we cherish the firm conviction that the love of God, incarnate in Christ, is stronger than evil, violence and death. We know that God is preparing for all people new heavens and new earth where peace and justice prevail — and by faith we glimpse the new world, that is our true home. Also this evening as the sun sets on our beloved city of Rome, we set out again on this path: With us is Jesus in the Eucharist, the Risen One, who said, “I am with you always, until the end of world” (Mt 28:20).

In lieu of my hearing a proper homily for today’s transferred feast of Corpus Christi, I present the pope’s homily, given on the feast’s actual date of last Thursday. Also in Dutch.

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