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Dear brothers and sisters,
On Sunday, we will celebrate the Solemnity of “Corpus Christi,” the second mystery of faith that the Church calls us to ponder, next to the Holy Trinity. It recalls Jesus’ sacrifice, the new and eternal Covenant, which we celebrate in the Eucharist, bringing us to worship the Father “through him, with him and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit” and making real our participation in the life of the Trinity.
Speaking about the Eucharist, Our Lady says that it must be “the model and form of holiness” that will bring a “new era” of sanctity in the church. To grow in this, she invites us “to enter into a communion of life with Jesus” in the Eucharist. We will read an excerpt of Message 360, “Mother of Adoration and of Reparation,” taken from the book “To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.”
I. GOSPEL READING (Mark 14: 12-16, 22-26)
On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was sacrificed, his disciples said to Jesus, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the passover?” So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city and you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him, and say to the owner of the house, which he enters: ‘The Master says: Where is my dining room in which I can eat the passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room furnished with couches, all prepared. Make the preparations for us there.” The disciples set out and went to the city and found everything as he had told them, and prepared the Passover. And as they were eating, he took some bread and, when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to them. ‘Take it,’ he said ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had returned thanks he gave it to them, and all drank from it; and he said to them, ‘This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many. I tell you solemnly, I shall not drink any more wine until the day I drink the new wine in the kingdom of God.’ After psalms had been sung they left for the Mount of Olives.
Points for Reflection
Mark’s account on the Last Supper coincides with the Passover meal, indicating the sacrificial nature of the Eucharist. What Jesus celebrates with His 12 apostles makes real what could only be symbolized by Moses' sacrifice at the altar with 12 pillars (Exodus 24:3-8). Jesus transforms this covenant symbol to an extraordinary reality. He is the “high priest” who entered once for all into the sanctuary - not with animal blood, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption (Heb. 9:11-15). He is truly the “lamb of God” whose blood becomes the new and everlasting covenant.
In this new and eternal covenant sealed in His Body and Blood, Jesus brings us to worship the Father -“through him, with him and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit” - making real our participation in the life of the Trinity. Celebrated in the Eucharist, it thus becomes the new worship of the living God. In the Eucharist, Jesus gives us the extraordinary gift of His continuing presence - “This is my body. This is my blood.” We partake of His sacrifice in Holy Communion, making us one with His Body and Blood, signifying the sacred and profound bond that we have as God’s family. We are what we celebrate and partake of.
“Do this in memory of me.” What we do in memory of Jesus is to pledge our lives to Him. He wants our own lives - flesh and blood - consecrated to Him and offered as a living sacrifice. This is the sacrifice of thanksgiving that we sing in the Psalm (Ps. 116:12-13, 15-18). Jesus recited this at the Last Supper when He took up “the cup of salvation,” which was His death. Like Him, let us take up our own “cup of salvation,” which for us would mean a life of self-giving, dying to oneself for the sake of others. Let this be our signature, by which we will be known as His disciples. “Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones.”
Feast of St. Pius X
Rubbio, Vicenza, Italy
(An excerpt from the message)
x. But before the tabernacle, yours should be not only a presence of prayer, but also of a communion of life with Jesus. Jesus is really present in the Eucharist because He wants to enter into a continual communion of life with you. When you go before Him, He sees you; when you speak to Him, He hears you; when you confide something to Him, He welcomes into his Heart your every word; when you ask something of Him, He always hears your prayer.
Points for Reflection
The Eucharist signifies Jesus’ continuing presence. In the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady exhorts us not only to pray but also to enter into a communion of life with Him (360 x). This communion of life demands regularity. It means setting up a “simple, daily rapport of life” with Jesus. With the same naturalness with which we seek out a friend (360 y), we must find time to visit him daily in the Blessed Sacrament. As Jesus desires ardently to be in communion with us, he himself makes this daily rapport grow and bear fruit.
Our prayer and communion of life with Jesus develop and mature into holiness (360 B). “The more your life revolves wholly and entirely at the foot of the tabernacle, in intimate union with Jesus in the Eucharist, the more you will increase in holiness.” This holiness takes shape in our daily and hidden immolation, in our continual presence of love towards others, and in welcoming the sufferings and the crosses of others. It also enables us to transform evil into good and to save souls.
This new form of holiness in the Eucharist brings forth renewal. As we learn to live in his habitual presence, Our Lady says, Jesus will shine increasingly stronger like the sun, transforming more hearts and souls and the very structure of the world. Through our consecration to Her Immaculate Heart, She makes us more and more conformable to the loving design of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus (148 b-c). This will lead us to the universal triumph of the Eucharistic reign, marking the beginning of a new era (360 v-w). Let us then live tirelessly our consecration.
God bless you all!
Yours in the Immaculate Heart,
This reflection is shared with all cenacle and other prayer groups (priests and laity), communities and Marian organizations, associations and movements within and outside of the Philippines, with Our Lady’s words transcribed verbatim for those who do not have copies of the messages. This may also be shared with private individuals for their personal use.
Our Lady's messages are taken from the book: "To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons", a compilation of 604 messages in the form of locutions given by the Blessed Virgin Mary through Fr. Stefano Gobbi of Italy.
Imprimatur: Bishop Donald W. Montrose, D.D., 1998
Archbishop Francesco Cuccarese, 2007