By: Laura Worhacz
“Mary would have wished to be reduced to nothing, as it were, before this Divine Majesty in order to offer Him all due honor and praise.” - Saint Peter Julian, (Eymard Library Volume 6, page 119)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
In perfect love there is no fear (1John 4:18). Saint John reminds us of this, he attests to the words as the beloved. John is faithful, the one who learned how to love by resting his head on the heart of Christ. It seems St. John recognized that perfect love died on the Cross, was freed from all pride and humbled to death. I have been going to daily Mass for the past twenty years of my life, yet when I read my own words, I wonder if the reality of Christ’s life for my salvation penetrates to the fullness of the reality that He died for me. Jesus died for each of us so personally. In the silence, we find the presence of God’s love, it fills us… Our faith sets fire to our prayer, it longs for love more and more, and it continues to seek. The love we find in Jesus enforces our freedom to serve and we find the grace of God there, our peace and happiness.
In the Eucharist, the beating heart of Jesus Christ is alive and with us. We have nothing to fear this side of Heaven. In the will of God our lives are missioned to bring light and goodness, to serve. Through our baptism we are born into this life. How can I help you Lord? What will You have me do to serve You? How can I love You? We find answers to these questions in one glance over our shoulder. The knock on our door, the text on our phones, the call!
We need the Blessed Sacrament to free us from all anxieties. When we are obedient to our prayer, we realize God is right there. All we are experiencing is with Our Savior; He longs to be with us and consume all our debts as we serve with Him. In perfect love there is no fear. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament loves Jesus perfectly, fearlessly. Mary is the one who made it possible for St. John to stand at the foot of the Cross. Mary is with us too at the foot of the Cross, hoping for our courage to overcome our weakness, our submission over our wants, our trust over our empty promises, and our love to ever deepen for Jesus.
Lord Jesus, help us fearlessly proclaim the Mystery of Your love. Let us be like Mary, reduced to nothing so the Divine Majesty is honored and praised.
We are Ivonne Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.