Thursday, September 8, 2011

Our Lady And The Eucharist


I found the following reflection on Our Lady and Jesus in the Eucharist at the My Daily Eucharist site. The reflection was written some time ago by Archbishop John J. Meyers who I am proud to say is the archbishop of my home archdiocese, Newark, NJ.
As the archbishop illustrates in him reflection, Mary and the Eucharist are inseparable, for where Jesus is, there too is His Blessed Mother. I thought this a fitting reflection for our Blessed Mother's birthday today.

We cannot forget that the mystery of the Eucharist is inseparable from another reality: the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of Christ and in the life of the Church. In the Mass, Jesus entrusted to us his redeeming sacrifice. It is Mary who prepared the way for this sacrifice. Through her act of obedience, she allowed God to use her so that Christ the Redeemer might take on a human nature. Indeed the body and blood shed for us on the cross and offered on the altar were fashioned miraculously by God within her. The Christ we receive in Communion is the Christ who was born of the Virgin Mary. The Christ we adore in the tabernacle is the Christ who became man through her. Thus every time the Mass is celebrated, Mary is present in a very special way, just as she was present at the sacrifice of Calvary. When we receive him, we are united in an effable way to his Mother and to all the saints and angels, and every time we honor Jesus in his Eucharistic presence, we are made aware of her whose faith helped make him present to us.As your Bishop, I wish to assure you of my prayers. At Mass every day, I pray that we may be united by the offering we make of ourselves, joined to the sacrifice of our Redeemer. Every day, too, as I pray before the Blessed Sacrament, you are present in my thoughts. Brothers and sisters, please remember to pray for me. I very much depend on your prayers.
Immaculata Magazine
Bishop John J. Myers

5 comments:

mary333 said...

Karin,
This is a perfect reflection from your Bishop for Our Lady's Birthday. I truly don't know what I would do without my Heavenly Mother. I give myself to her before Communion all the time. I know that I am already hers but it's a reminder to me how blessed I am. I know we've talked about this before in a previous post of yours but I am in the mood to repeat myself on this wonderful Feast Day :) God Bless!

Karinann said...

That's OK Mary. I don't think Our Lady gets tired of hearing it and I can always use the reminder.

Esther G. said...

Beautiful! Sorry I am late in commenting. BTW, I didn't know you were from the Newark AD. I am from the Paterson D. :-) Small world. Is AB Myers well? During the summer they were praying for him at one of the churches in that diocese. Hope so. I think he is a wonderful bishop.

Karinann said...

Esther,
Small world indeed. Archbishop Meyers is just fine. A few months back he did have some emergency surgery for a detached retina (I think). We are truly blessed to have him as archbishop.

Esther G. said...

Oh, I am relieved it wasn't anything too serious. So glad he is okay. Thanks Karinann!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.