By: Laura Worhacz
“All the mysteries of Mary’s life are re-enacted in the Cenacle. If we meditate on the birth of her Son in Bethlehem let us continue the Gospel narrative, and soon we behold the Eucharistic birth of that same Son on the altar… In this way consider all the other mysteries in the light of the Eucharist and reflect on the part that Mary took therein.” -Saint Peter Julian Eymard, (Eymard Library, Volume 7, page 6)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
Mary’s relativity! Our Lady’s state of being was born of the total dependence she had in her Father’s love. From the Incarnation to the birth, passion, death and rising of her Son, Mary’s life was born of the Eucharist. Today, as we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are reminded of the purity in which God was able to reveal His light of the Eucharist. Mary therein participated in the living message of Love through Jesus. Her whole life magnified the Lord through the daily re-enactment of the Cenacle; the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.
There were many aspirations I had to enter the first week of Advent. In place of these, my husband was hospitalized, and our plans were derailed and proceeded down another track. “Behold the Eucharistic Birth”, and we did, trusting in the grace of the moment, the plans God had for us and the people we would encounter. I was blessed to bring Holy Communion each morning to my husband. He would hold the pyx while I read him the daily scriptures, then open his mouth to receive the Body of Christ. We are home from the hospital, humbled and grateful for all the blessings that flowed out of the trials of the week. This experience was an invitation to the mystery of God’s way, our trust and receptivity to His plan for our lives.
St. Peter Julian reminds us to “behold the Eucharistic birth”. Christmas is forever, we await in joyful hope daily the coming of Christ. May the season of Advent help us remember to keep our hearts prepared, our Eucharistic lives active in love, and the precious gift of life before us.
Mary, your Immaculate Conception exemplifies the purity in which God will let His life be transferred into His world. Jesus Savior of the world veiled in the Eucharist, keep us in the light of Your coming!
Our Lady of the Most 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.
We are Ivonne Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.