Eucharist, an antidote to indifference

A document promoted by the Bishops' Conference for the Corpus Domini. In the Gospel the direction for a life at the service of "our neighbours"

The “globalization of indifference,” which Pope Francis defines as the great evil of our time, is the starting point of the message of the Commission for Social Pastoral ministry of the Spanish Bishops Conference (CEE), on the occasion of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, celebrated Sunday, June 7. The painful reality of poverty, violence, abandonment and injustice involving millions of people worldwide “requires a conversion of hearts,” say the Spanish bishops, who called upon the faithful to contemplate, celebrate and adore the Crucified Jesus in the Sacrament of the ‘Eucharist as an effective means to defeat and overcome indifference. Transforming the hearts of the faithful. “The Eucharist has the power of transforming the hearts of the faithful and it makes possible the passage from the globalization of indifference to the globalization of charity”, states the note. The Spanish prelates also recalled that entering in communion with the sentiments of Christ, dead and resurrected, opens the minds and the hearts, welcoming our brothers and sisters, especially the lonely and marginalised. To this regard the document refers to the words of Benedict XVI, who defined the Eucharist “a kind of antidote” to individualism. “From the Eucharist stems the profound meaning of our service and the responsibility in the constitution of a fraternal and hopeful Church, as well as a just society, marked by solidarity. This society is not built nor imposed from the outside, but starting with a sense of mutual responsibility. As members of the Body of Christ we discover that the gesture of sharing and the experience of love are the most appropriate path to overcome indifference and globalize solidarity”, the bishops claim, recalling what the Pope said: solidarity is something “more than a set of sporadic acts of generosity. It means to think and act in terms of community, to fight against the structural causes of poverty, inequality, unemployment, land, home, denial of social and labour rights”. A commitment for the poor. Before a multitude of suffering brothers and sisters, who expect “greater solidarity”, the prelates called upon the faithful to show “special closeness and affection” and to not remain indifferent “before the violent death of thousands of Christians in different parts of the world” and to the “thousands of migrants pressuring European border to flee from wars, famine and violence in the quest for better living conditions and the respect of their dignity”. The Spanish Church calls upon Christians and non-Christians to cooperate, “despite the corruption and daily difficulties”, to act with “honesty and work for justice and solidarity seeking to satisfy the urgent needs of the poor”. We must together for the promotion of their integral development and for the transformation of unfair social structures”. The exhortation is not to remain indifferent before poverty and world hunger, especially because humanity has the resources and the means to defeat them, as proposed in the campaign launched by Caritas Internationalis, titled “A single family, food for all”. No to individualism. Donating oneself to others as a way to interrupt the vicious cycle of individualism. The message of the Bishops’ Commission for Social pastoral ministry calls upon the faithful not to forget thousands of people and families who in Spain cannot find a job, live situations of precariousness and desperation that “prevent them from living with dignity”, who are forced to migrate or are the objects of human trafficking, especially women forced into prostitution, that forces the new 21st century slavery. “Before contemporary social and cultural proposals, that cause so much marginalization and suffering, we are called to let ourselves be involved by reality and by the social situation of our suffering siblings”, the document continues, inviting to “break away from the vicious cycle of isolation that makes it difficult to grow in love and mercy”. “The key to overcome indifference – conclude the Spanish bishops – is self-bestowal to others, in the sequela Christi”.

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