Denver, Colo., Oct 28, 2021 / 15:36 pm
As the US bishops prepare to discuss a draft statement on the Eucharist, the Archbishop of Denver has recalled Christ’s direct, challenging approach to the sinners to whom he was close.
“His direct truthfulness was challenging, and to some it was so threatening that they plotted against Jesus and eventually killed him. With the world awash in competing voices and narratives about the truth, we could use more of this gift, especially when it comes to receiving the most important sacrament, the Holy Eucharist,” Archbishop Samuel Aquila wrote in his Oct. 21 column at the Denver Catholic.
The archbishop noted how Christ told the woman caught in adultery, “Go, and from now on do not sin anymore”, and challenged the rich young man to “go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops will discuss The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church, a draft statement, at its Nov. 15-18 general assembly in Baltimore.