Mary’s Son, the Eucharist, and Me

One of the age old questions that surface so often between Catholic and Protestant Christians is the Catholic devotion to the Blessed Mother of God, Mary. While praying the Rosary tonight some thoughts came to me–Part of the “Hail Mary” prayer are the words “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.”

Meditate on those words, directly from the Gospel of Luke, for just a moment. Mary’s own physical body actually, while Jesus “tabernacled” in her womb for 9 months, fed him and kept him alive. She actually nourished, and helped therefore to form and grow, the very physical cells that one day would feed the multitudes, first with the miracle of loaves and fishes, and later with his own precious body and blood given on the Cross. Her body, given by God, actually created the physical Jesus, who we now receive each time we come to him in Holy Communion.

When we say she is the “Mother of the Eucharist” this is why. Further, she is present in that Eucharist–and that is not heresy. It is, of course, Jesus whom we receive first and foremost. But his body and blood are an extension of hers also. We taste them both in Holy Communion. Spiritually as well we “taste and see that that Lord is good” as the psalmist (Psalm 34: 8) tells us. And she, Mary, is spiritually present in the everlasting communion of the Saints, particularly at the moment of reception of he who is King of kings and Lord of lords—her son Jesus Christ.

I once read that, each time we receive Christ in the Eucharist, in his glorified body, blood, soul and divinity, we are at that moment essentially in heaven itself–or heaven is in us. It is both actually. All of those who have ever gone before us, our loved ones, each saint, and yes, the Blessed Mother, “taste” of him every single moment just by dwelling in that heavenly realm. Thus at that moment we are closer to those gone on than perhaps even when we were living on earth together–because they are continually perfectly united with he who becomes impeccably united, at least for a time, with each of us in the consecrated host and holy cup–which are no longer just earthly “elements” but the very essence of God himself.

Transubstantiation is that Sacramental connection to Calvary which cleanses our sins, heals our wounds, and strengthens our souls. And the Mother of the very God who comes to us in the form of bread and wine is the same human woman who provided the earthly form of this body and blood when Jesus lived and walked on this earth 2000 years ago! Mind boggling yes, but truer than we can ever realize.

Do you have a loved one who lives across the country or world? At the moment when you receive the Eucharist, and they too are living their lives for God, your unity with them is absolutely as complete as if they were in the same room with you. And if that be true on this earth, how much more in heaven? “Thy kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  When we receive the Holy Eucharist we begin to fulfill the Lord’s Prayer in ways we cannot begin to imagine.

That is why we as Christians can and should see Mary as our Mother too–the only human being whose womb bore Jesus and knit his body together, who lived and walked with him from the very moment of his conception until his natural death and then beyond to and through eternity.  She was not just a “nice Jewish mother” but the very first believer in Jesus Christ as Messiah and Lord.  She is the mother of God himself, yet without somehow being an uncreated goddess figure.  She then gave him to us.  Therefore we can indeed give ourselves to him through devotion to her.  As my dear friend (and confirmation co-sponsor) Chris Padgett wrote, I am indeed “Mary’s Son.”  And it only points me to the Cross and finally to the Father of us all–of Jesus, of Mary, the Saints, and yes, me too.

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  1. Mary, Our Model

    The model of corporeal “self-denial” we strive to present and emulate is Mary.

    By Natural Law, Mary had the same right of any other mother, to accuse each of us for our offenses against Christ, for the death of her Son. We killed Him, and she was well aware of this right. By “Supernatural Law” or “Divine Law” she had to deny herself this right, for Divine Mercy to Triumph on the …Cross. She had to let the temple be destroyed; abandon Zeal for the corporeal reality, or it would have consumed her own life. She would have perished, just as Satan perished. Mary’s great victory was dying to herself, her motherly right, to protect her Son. It was the sword through her heart, and the proof of her Faith. Through all of the pain and sorrow Mary suffered, she never doubted in her Lord, nor believed that Jesus was truly lost.

    If we contrast this type, what do we emulate? There is another type!

    Satan’s purpose was two-fold from the beginning of creation. By design, he bore the Light of God, and he exposed the impurities and offenses that the Light revealed. In Hebrew [הַשָׂטָן] “Satan”, means the accuser or opposer. It was his right, his actual role, to reveal the nastiness of man in every detail. Our offenses in the Light disgusted him. c.f. (Zech. 3:1-9) Satan could not stand-by and observe the reality of God clothed in dirty rags, because of our words and actions, we spit on God’s face! Satan cursed God for letting this happen, and ultimately abandoned his role. He would not allow himself to share in that perfect humiliation. The idea of “Divine Mercy” was repugnant to Satan.

    The Blessed Virgin, Mary, bound fully with grace by the Holy Spirit, became a model for us all. She holds the “Treasury of Grace” in her Son who died and rose, so that we might live. She had the natural right to withdraw her Son [the Resurrection] from us, as did the one who had the same role before her, but instead chose to dispense to us, that which the entire universe cannot contain. She chose to give us her only Son just as the Father did, to magnify the Light. She helped reveal not merely our sins, rather the Father’s perfect humility and mercy.

    What did Mary do with the crucified Lord?

    She held her crucified Lord, Jesus, her Son. She cleaned His wounds, kissed His wounds, and then dispensed myrrh over her battered and disfigured Boy. Not a single wound was accidental. Each of the wounds represented each of “us” in a specific way. She held us, cleaned us, and kissed us! She pressed her lips to the torn flesh of her Child. We were nasty wounds, utter mutilation, yet she brought affection and sweet smelling myrrh to us instead. Mary intimately cooperated in establishing “Divine Mercy” for the entire world.

    Hail, “Full of Grace”, the Lord is with thee! Mary, Mediatrix of all graces, pray for us! Mary, Co-redemptrix, pray for us!

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