Cardinal Bo: Jesus waits patiently for us in the Eucharist

Burma’s Cardinal Charles Maung Bo told Catholics at the International Eucharistic Congress on Wednesday, Sept 8, that it was important to imitate Jesus’ patience amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sep 11, 2021

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept 8, 2021. (IEC2021 facebook)


Burma’s Cardinal Charles Maung Bo told Catholics at the International Eucharistic Congress on Wednesday, Sept 8, that it was important to imitate Jesus’ patience amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Look at our world and our lives. The modern man lives in a feverish pitch. He is in a tearing hurry. He is rushing all the time. He is restless. He wants to acquire more, consume more,” Bo said Sept 8.

“He is not content. He abhors silence. He cannot wait. Speed, speed is the number one value today. Being slow is considered a vice, a waste of time.”

“But Jesus waits. He came to us because he loves us.”

Bo spoke for about an hour on “the Divine Patience in the Eucharist” on the third day of catechesis at the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest.

The cardinal said: “Time is not a commodity; it is a communion of hearts. Jesus waits patiently in the Eucharist.”

Each person is born of “the great sacrifice of patience,” he added, of a woman waiting for the arrival of her child.

“Life is not a fast-food restaurant; it is a patient pilgrimage. Fast internet may connect smartphones; only patience connects hearts,” Bo said.

The 72-year-old Salesian cardinal called the COVID-19 pandemic the “irritating teacher of patience.”

He said: “COVID has taught us this virtue in the most painful way.” “COVID robbed us of our Sunday Communion, Eucharist, the source and summit of our spiritual life. It did bring spiritual and emotional challenges. But through this darkness, the Lord has worked to rebuild us to have patience amidst this existential threat.”

“Patience is one of the great virtues of Christian tradition … Be patient as your Heavenly Father is patient,” he urged.

“I strongly feel this Eucharistic Congress is the starting point of global healing,” Cardinal Bo said in his catechesis.

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