Dearest Eucharistic Family,
In the likeness of Jesus, Our Lady always remains in brightness and gives glory to Our God. Our Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us of the “marvelous exchange” in finding the mystery of Christmas. We are blessed to be born from above, to be born of Mary. We go to the Altar with Mary to be raised out of this world into the eternal now. This is how Our Lady endured the will of God in her life on this side of heaven.
Mary did not rise or set; she remained faithful, trusting, and loving. Mary was born into the mystery of Christ and lived in the glorified… her soul-magnified life in an exchange of love with her father. How beautiful it is to live in God’s will. We ask, we beg, and we do receive. Whatever the answer, we know it is the will of Our Father after we have asked for His blessing.
It has been overwhelmingly busy with so much going on in preparation for Christmas and everyday life. In such moments I find myself taking hold of my rosary beads to walk and pray. By reaching out to our mother, we are “born again” over and over to refresh in God’s love. Our prayer pulls us out of the world into the mystery we pray. In this, we do become a “marvelous exchange” of worship and work since our prayer empowers us to be grateful in every circumstance (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Daily Communion is the life blood we need to survive and prepare for eternal salvation. Our lives are being paved into the Kingdom. Jesus never sets in our souls. He is stirring up his mighty power for us to be of joyful hope and to live in what he was born to gift us with, His PEACE.
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
This Advent, my daughter lost three friends to sudden death in a car accident. The twenty-year-old young adult driving swerved her truck to avoid hitting an animal. Three were taken, and three survived. With the news of this horrifying accident, I imagined the scourging of Christ and the unimaginable pain the parents and families must be experiencing. The accident overshadowed my Advent and lived in my heart by the grace of the Eucharist. The Eternal Little Child, by the grace of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, brings us to a marvelous exchange, the Cross to salvation; God’s love in the mystery of His majesty. On the Altar, we find the Sun of Justice, the SON OF GOD, to give glory in the highest and peace to people of goodwill.
The suffering of the present day will be one day past, and we will advance with the Star Who was born for us to be born with Him. As we give more of ourselves, let us live in the arms of Mary in Bethlehem. Let us pray for those suffering so they may be born into hope never to set or rise, yet live in the brightness of glory in the hope of the eternal exchange of Our Father’s love.