“Jesus said to the crowds: ‘I am the living bread that came down from Heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world (John 6:51).”
This weekend, our Gospel selection for Holy Mass is once again taken from Jesus’ Bread of Life Discourse, recorded by St. John in his Gospel. Here, we listen as Jesus Christ explains the purpose of His Incarnation and coming into our world – namely to give us life. Our life’s very fullness is found when we do as He charged us: to eat of the “Bread come down from Heaven (Jn 6:51).” He gives us this Bread – His true Flesh and Blood – in a marvelous and mysterious way in the Holy Eucharist. The substance of Jesus Christ’s Flesh and Blood are really present in the Blessed Sacrament; although the accidents of bread and wine still exist for our benefit. It is Him we receive – not crackers and grape juice – but our very Redeemer. In His mercy and compassion, Our Lord chose to veil the Real Presence of His very Flesh and Blood under the appearance of bread and wine.
When Our Lord came to Earth, in the Incarnation, He took His Flesh and Blood from the Immaculate Virgin Mary in her womb. Fittingly, we may – nay ought – to honor our Blessed Mother as the Mother of the Most Holy Eucharist. It is through her “Yes” her “Fiat” to the Call of God, delivered by the Archangel Gabriel, that the Incarnation took place. Thus was Our Lord conceived and born; thus He lived, suffered and died for us and for our Salvation.
Today on this Saturday, the day of the week we traditionally honor the Blessed Mother Mary, let us now acclaim her as “The Mother of the Eucharist” and let us thank Our Lord for His sacrifice and this marvelous, mysterious Sacrament.
To Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament
“Virgin Immaculate, Mother of Jesus and our Mother. We invoke you under the title of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, because you are the Mother of the Savior who lives in the Eucharist. It was from you He took the Flesh and Blood which He feeds us in the Sacred Host.”
“We also invoke you under that title because the grace of the Eucharist comes to us through you, since you are the Mediatrix, the channel though which God’s graces reach us.”
“Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Pray for Us!”
– Taken from one of my prayer cards.
Thank you for joining me in prayer and don’t forget to offer little acts of love to our Blessed Mother on her special day.