By: Laura Worhacz
“At the Eucharistic court of Jesus, it is the interior reign of His love—and we are afraid of it, we flee from it, we wish to act. Jesus alone, does not suffice for us; we must have something besides Him! Mary, though, never lost the Eucharistic presence of Jesus. She acted only when He wished it, considering herself well occupied when at His feet, sufficiently recompensed in possessing Him.” - (Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Eymard Library Volume 7, page 156)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
The word reception came to me in my early morning quiet time this week. After praying on it, the gift of the Eucharist was strongly in my thoughts, the reception of Holy Communion. Saint Peter Julian, in the above excerpt, reminds us of the place where we find God’s love. It is an interior place that reigns, one that is formed, in the depths of the soul. This place needs to be kept sacred, holy, and guarded like a court of honor. This place is a reception, a gathering, like the cenacle of the upper room, where the Holy Spirit in its fullness filled the house with a fire that would blaze. Mary, the model of possessing Jesus perfectly, takes hold of our hand, guiding us to the reception of the entire celestial court. The great multitude is hence already there in the Divine reality of our eternal home. We possess this place in the Eucharist. It is the empowerment of what will inspire the beauty of God in our lives. The beauty that will lead others to dance in the court, finding a reception of the manifestation of what we have been created to be.
On a personal note, I feel the grace of every prayer you are offering for my husband through his illness. So many are suffering in our world, experiencing unimaginable situations of life. Affixed to the reception of God’s love there is a place to dance and sing through the midst of such trials. God is in all things. The holy place we keep within nourished by the Eucharist, consoled by our relationship with Mary, keeps us dancing in the court while the outside world remains hungry. Jesus, in today’s Gospel, feeds the multitude of people. They are then sent to find hands to reach out to, hands of those who are hungry, starving for the RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION.
Let us be on mission, sent, praying and searching for souls who are thirsting for the Love of God found in the Eucharist.
Consecrated children of Mary share in her continued mission of the church to bring the lost to the sanctifying mercy of her Son, Jesus.
Recalling your consecration promise offer the prayer to Our Lady of the 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.
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