EUCHARIST

A reflection on Eucharist and Real Presence by Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara

Am I mistaken, Lord,
is it a temptation to think
You increasingly urge me
to go forth and proclaim
the need and urgency
of passing
from the Blessed Sacrament
to your other presence,
just as real,
in the Eucharist of the poor?

Theologians will argue,
a thousand distinctions be advanced.
But woe to the person who feeds on You,
and later has no eyes to see you,
to discern You
foraging for food among the garbage,
Being evicted every other minute,
living in sub-human conditions
under the sign of utter insecurity.

Photo: Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara