Thursday, June 15, 2006

Corpus Christi

The feast of Corpus Christi is coming up this Sunday. It brings me back to some of the beautiful things Pope John Paul wrote in his encyclical on the Eucharist. He spoke of the way Mary is connected with the Eucharist:

" Mary is a “woman of the Eucharist” in her whole life. The Church, which looks to Mary as a model, is also called to imitate her in her relationship with this most holy mystery. Mysterium fidei! If the Eucharist is a mystery of faith which so greatly transcends our understanding as to call for sheer abandonment to the word of God, then there can be no one like Mary to act as our support and guide in acquiring this disposition." (from n. 53 and 54)

This works itself out in so many ways. For example, many of the great Marian shrines are also Eucharistic shrines. Think of the Eucharistic procession at Lourdes, just to mention one.

In what ways do you see Mary related to the Eucharist?

1 comment:

Kitty said...

Mary was the very first tabernacle - she carried the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of Christ in her womb! I have been trying for years to become closer to Mary, and it has been difficult for some reason. But recently I have begun reading more abut the Mass and the Eucharist, and voila! I now call her Mama!