Text of the Eucharistic adoration of April 9, 2017
Today, dear Jesus, we celebrate Your triumphal entry in Jerusalem. During your entrance many people got excited with palm trees and twigs of olive trees and exclaimed while crying: "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel" (Jn 12:13), showing that they recognize You as Messiah and Savior. This event refers to the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the "Feast of Tabernacles", when the Jewish people would come to mass pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
This day, when you were acclaimed, opens the Week of Passion during which You, Jesus, have gone through the painful path of the cross; You were despised, mocked, betrayed, abandoned, scorned, condemned as a villainous ... and so that hosanna that welcomed You became Crucifige: "Be crucified"!
The way You walked was that of love and suffering, Your body was beaten and wounded, was torn by the blows of flagellation and by the crown of thorns, perforated by the nails on the wood of the cross and all that in order for us to understand to the very end that Your love is great and endless to the point of drinking the chalice of pain up the last drop for each of us.
Today we, your little flock, have brought you solemnly in procession with songs and prayers and we want to keep You company and live with you the Holy Week and the intense and dramatic moments of the Easter Triduum, strongly linked to the Eucharist. Our Hosanna is an act of gratitude for all the graces and aids that we, as a community, as families and as individuals, have received. For us too, the road is, at times, impervious, with doubts, uncertainties and hidden pitfalls; we need the power of Your grace and Your help to fight and be always brave and strong.
To You our love, our praise, our faith for all eternity.
FROM PSALM 118
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.”
When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me.
The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.
Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous:
The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.
The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.
Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.
The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.
You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
COMMENT TO PSALM 118
We chose to meditate this psalm because, according to Jewish tradition, was performed during Jesus’ triumphal entrance.
The psalm beginning celebrates the goodness of our Lord; to be good is an exclusive feature of God: "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever"; this is the way our Lord acted with man: not only did He not return evil for evil but, in response to evil, gave him love. This is referenced in the words: "His love endures forever". The word "love" means absolutely free and unconditional mercy, which does not claim to be paid back.
In the following verses it is Christ who speaks: "When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place". In this way Jesus is showing the mystery of the Easter sacrifice, the anguish of the cross, and the salvation of resurrection, the cry of the Crucified followed by the Hosanna of the Resurrected.
"All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down". In these verses, with a strong and intense scene, cruel enemies are compared to a swarm of bees and then to advancing flames that turn everything to ashes. Three times it is repeated: "but in the name of the Lord I cut them down" so it is strongly reaffirmed that those who live and fight in close communion with our Lord can defeat evil.
"I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death." The Risen Christ won over death, this is the great mystery of Easter; we can die and rise again as Christ did, we can let sin die and rise to a life of grace.
"The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes!" This picture shows that thanks to God’s intervention, the plans of the wicked are overturned and altered; that same stone that was discarded by the builders will become the stone that will support the entire building. However this becomes possible only because it is the Lord who works in a wonderful way to realize His plans of salvation and love.
These verses of the psalm seem to faithfully represent the situation in which our Bishop and Marisa lived during their mission of defending the centrality of the Eucharist, true body and true blood of Christ; during this time they encountered many enemies as bees and devastating flames that made it a true martyrdom. The triumph of the Eucharist, proclaimed on January 10, 2002, was a great intervention of God that prevented the creation of the devilish-masonic plan aimed at eliminating the Eucharist and the Eucharistic worship, and as the proponents of this plan had very important offices in the Church, it is presumed that without the intervention of God they would have succeeded in realizing it. "The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes!" This verse reminds us of what our Bishop would often say to us: our Lord is able to overcome the most serious situations even in an absolutely unexpected way. In fact, the ecclesiastic Masons, to prove that the remarks of the Mother of the Eucharist were not addressed to them, tended to speak extensively and devotedly of the Eucharist, so our Bishop and Marisa become exactly that "stone the builders rejected that become the cornerstone”, necessary to bring about the rebirth of the church.
BE IT "HOSANNA" AND NOT "CRUCIFIGE"
First "the Hosanna" welcomes Jesus during His triumphal entrance to Jerusalem, then the pitiless cry of "crucifige" overwhelms Him together with insults and beatings that by humiliating Him, will accompany Him all the way up to Golgotha. These two diametrically opposite words alternate in our minds and push us to embrace all the meaning of them; our "Hosanna" aims to glorify You Jesus in our heart, while we are committed to transform that "Crucifige" that moves us away from You, in acts of love and repair lifting up Your wounded Heart.
Several times our Bishop invited us to reflect on the fact that the cross was the only way that our Lord walked to save man from sin and reopen the gates of Heaven. God is Infinite and Almighty, so one drop of His divine blood would have sufficed, as it has infinite value, to redeem all mankind. However, He decided otherwise, He wanted to give his Son for us all so that we might have eternal life; yet still today, as at that time, His martyrdom is not shaking many men who refuse to open their hearts to His grace, like those who devote their whole life to power and money. These men are also, and especially, men of the Church, who in time have continued to "crucify" Jesus because they opposed Him and sought to destroy in every way the most important and beautiful mission God could entrust to souls: that Jesus the Eucharist and the Mother of the Eucharist are made known, loved and triumphed in the hearts of men. Among those who are away from the Heart of Christ there are also those who stir up wars and violence of all kinds, true plagues for humanity, scorning daily the heart of Jesus and exhausting men with unheard sufferings.
The facts happening in the world resound as a continuous "crucifige"; they are caused by the distance from Your Love, Lord, they are in contravention of Your law but they push us to shout in our heart an even stronger and full of love “Hosanna”, so that the difficult situation that afflicts our planet may change. We know that the world will change its face and heal from its wounds starting from the change of men in the Church and step by step the fruits of martyrdom of your two beloved children are growing; this encourages us, bolsters our strength and reinforces our confidence.
We want to draw closer to Easter by getting closers to You, Jesus, to make You triumph in our hearts, and, as your beloved Bishop of the Eucharist wrote in the prayer for the Church, we look forward when You will anchor the Church ship to the two pillars on which the Mother of the Eucharist and the Eucharist are standing out.
We pray to You Jesus that the dangerous storms where the Church and its helmsmen are sailing may quieten down and may they return to love the Eucharist and repair the torn sails so that they may harness the wind of the Holy Spirit and finally bring the ship offshore.
We pray that Your mystical body may not pour any drop of blood but shine, candid and radiant, finally loved and respected by all men.