By: Laura Worhacz
“If we could have seen in spirit the birth of Mary, have seen this sun coming up out of the ocean of God’s love!” - Saint Peter Julian Eymard (Eymard Library, Vol. 8, page 30)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
The above quote is so beautiful; it reminded me of so many people who have been in my life to bring me hope, who have exemplified God’s love. People who have helped me behold, hold on to trust in God. I am grateful for each of you who bring others to, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”. How we need to behold God. To affix our existence to His presence. In today’s Gospel Jesus is called CRAZY! He certainly lived out His humanity beholding Heaven, held in His Father’s will. He came to redeem, to bring justice through mercy, and to heal. I imagine, like Mary in the above excerpt, we need to rise out of the water, to keep our soul longing for the eternal through baptism. Like a magnetic force, Mary brings us to the Eucharist. Her example is there for us to follow.
We may seem out of our minds by beholding God, His Word, and the way of the Cross through love. Yet we must and do strive to live for the will of God. Perhaps our Eucharistic lives will be strengthened by our charity. The power of love will attract others. Mary, through the Eucharist, imbued with God’s love, attracts souls looking to be healed. We take hold of her hand. As we go through ordinary time, think of the people in your life that have been an example of faith, those people who have brought us closer to Christ, those who may seem a little crazy for preaching and teaching. May our love draw others to the invitation of God’s Divine Healing. We are stronger together in a Communion of God’s love.
I have been bringing the Eucharist to a lady homebound with an illness. As I was sent from Mass, Father told me to bring a message of hope and let the sick ones know they are loved, that their suffering is seen by God. This message brought joy and a smile, interceding to change an ordinary day into a day beheld by GOD.
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We are Ivonne J. Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.