The Pope stressed that the food that the Lord offers us “is different from the others.” It may perhaps appear “less appetizing than other delicacies the world offers us. We dream of other meals, like the Hebrews in the desert, who missed the meat and onions they ate in Egypt, but forgot that they ate those meals at the table of their slavery.”
“In that moment of temptation, they held on to the memory of that food, but it was a diseased memory, a selective memory,” he said.
“The Father says to us: ‘I have fed you with manna which you did not know.’ Let us restore our memory and learn to recognize the false victuals that delude and corrupt, because they are the fruit of selfishness, self-sufficiency and sin: poisoned foods,” the Pope said in closing.
And he asked Jesus: “Defend us from the temptations of the worldly food that enslaves us; purify our memory, so that we might not be imprisoned by selfish and worldly selectivity, but instead become the living memory of Your presence throughout the history of Your people, a memory that becomes a ‘memorial’ of your act of redeeming love.”
This video captures the highlights of the 2015 Corpus Christi procession with Pope Francis in Rome.
Diane Montagna is Rome correspondent for Aleteia’s English edition.