By: Laura Worhacz
“…the perfect love of her heart! Assuredly, distraction, that fever of the mind and heart, came not to trouble the repose of her soul, more united to Jesus than to the body that enveloped it, drank in long draughts of the living waters of grace and of love. She forgot the world about her in order to remain alone with Jesus; for it is characteristic of love to isolate itself, to concentrate itself in unity in order to unite itself more closely to the beloved. “-St. Peter Julian Eymard (Eymard Library Volume 7 page 150)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
We are back in Ordinary Time, and in response to this we often hear to do extraordinary things for God. In today’s Gospel Jesus is calling us to follow Him. He is reminding us that this call is not for the perfect, but for the imperfect, sinners, not the righteous. St. Peter Julian in the above reflection reminds us of distractions by calling them a “fever”. Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament forgot the world she lived in. The flesh in which her soul was carried was no obstacle to her espousal to the Holy Spirit, the spirit that afforded her every grace and love. The living water continues to flow from Mary’s union with God, the oneness she had from the fiat of her love. It is a constant act of the will to transform our thoughts and lead them back to God. We have the freedom to do ask God for his divine power and the accessibility to ask for the grace to be receptive and respond through the Eucharist. St. Peter Julian found through his Eucharistic relationship the blessing to live in the grace of the moment. We too are offered this living union, this moment of grace, to go outside of it overwhelms. Without the grace of the moment we often find ourselves under a tidal wave longing to lift our heads out of the water. The living water is one that streams like a river, one we float on in the mystery of excitement, holding on for dear life. In the Eucharist we are loved and called to love by the extraordinary offerings that can be found in forgetting the world, uniting oneself to the beloved, and following Jesus.
Remember your consecration promise by offering the prayer to Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament:
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
Blessed are you, Mary exalted daughter of Sion!
You are highly favoured and full of grace, for the spirit of God descended upon you.
We magnify the Lord and rejoice with you for the gift of the Word made flesh, bread of life and cup of joy.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, our model of prayer in the cenacle, pray for us that we may become what we receive, the body of Christ your son. Amen.
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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.