In the bosom of the Father


The following piece was written by Chiara Lubich in 1976. She called it "la paginetta" (little page); it is a brief but extremely precious writing which takes us to a much deeper understanding of the reality of the Eucharist, helping us to penetrate its depths, in the light of the charism of unity.

The Eucharist does not only bear good and beautiful fruits of love and sanctity; nor is its primary purpose to increase our unity with God and with one another (as unity is commonly understood), thus serving to nourish the presence of Jesus in our midst. Yes, this too.

But the task of the Eucharist is something else.

This is the purpose of the Eucharist: to make us God (by participation). By mixing our flesh with Christ's life-giving flesh, which is given life by the Holy Spirit, the Eucharist divinizes us in soul and body. Therefore it makes us God.

Now only God can stay in God. This is why the Eucharist makes the human being, who is fed with it worthily, enter the bosom of the Father; it places the human being in the Trinity with Jesus.
At the same time the Eucharist does not do this only for the individual person, but for many persons who, all being God, are not many, but one. They are God and they are all together in God. They are one with him, lost in him.

Now this reality, which the Eucharist brings about, is the Church.

What is the Church? It is the "one" called forth by the mutual love of Christians and the Eucharist. The Church is made up of divinized people, made God, united to Christ who is God and to each other. If we wish to look at the whole thing from a rather human standpoint, that is, expressed in human terms, we can use an example from Scripture: the Church is a body, whose head is the glorious Christ.

But as Christ is in the bosom of the Trinity, so is the Church called to be. And it is already here on earth, in the bosom of the Father, in its members in whom the Eucharist is at work. If in part this is not yet so, it is on the way there.

Humanity thus brings with it all of creation, because it is its synthesis.

Everything that came from God will return, therefore, through the Eucharist, into the Trinity.