Text of the Eucharistic adoration of October 23, 2016
Feast of the Mother of the Eucharist
To join the celebration in honor of the Mother of the Eucharist is, for us, always a strong and touching experience because, in this place, the Mother of God appeared showing up with this title, and, over the years, took care of us with all her immense love, teaching us the importance and strength of this title. Over the years, her teachings were never aloof like a learned professor who rattles off theological principles and explanations away from everyday life, but they were gentle as those of a mother who seeks to instill in the hearts of her children a desire of knowledge and filiality to the Heart of Christ. The Mother of the Eucharist was always faithful and obedient to God, lived the virtue of obedience in a much higher form than any other creature could have done. Only Jesus as true God and true Man, has rendered sublime this virtue in the gift of His Body and His Blood, with the sacrifice of the cross. Mary proved the love she felt toward God through obedience and total abandonment to Him, unreservedly and without doubts, even in the knowledge that her suffering would be the hardest possible for a mother: to see her Son die by the hand of her children. Jesus made His obedience to the will of the Father the demonstration of His love for God and mankind, consenting to become the sacrificial lamb in order to open again the Heavenly door for us. The love of Mary for God was fulfilled, to a great extent, in a hidden and discreet way. For centuries, many things concerning this sublime creature have been kept in the shade, but as the most precious of treasures, one must seek it with patience, time and perseverance, so many things about this extraordinary woman have remained hidden for centuries. Yet, God has allowed our Bishop to show them to us as the clearest truth. Through private revelation, in fact, we became aware of events that for centuries were kept hidden away, and thanks to them we could understand a little more about Mary’s greatness who always stepped aside so that it was her son Jesus the focus of our attention. Mary was in continuous and constant conversation with God the Father since a very early age, just as she was with her Son, from the moment of her "yes", when the Incarnation wanted by the Father was realized.
Hymn: Panis Angelicus
God prepares and endows us with free will
God thought, willed and created Mary, a soul full of grace and supernatural gifts, the most perfect creature, the Mother of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. Mary was never unaware of his role as many men of the Church who, for many years, have believed and stated. On the contrary, God the Father has prepared and accompanied her in a journey that began from an early age, as beloved daughter, meant to welcome Jesus, true God and true man in its most pure womb; Mary knew what mission she would have been called up. That's why she could choose freely, as the servant of God and enamored daughter of the heavenly Father, to give Him her own "Yes". This is a key point: in fact, free will is a gift that God has given to mankind since creation. God has always given free will to the people and he gave them the knowledge of good and evil so that every individual would be held responsible for this freedom. Therefore, as he gave free will to men, likewise He arranged that the creature that would be the mother of His Son would have been aware of His plan. Mary was fully aware of what she did when she delivered her yes. God willed that the mother of Jesus would have been full of grace, replenished with all gifts; as our Bishop told us many times, the grace present in Mary is greater than the sum of all the grace of all saints and virtuous men who have stood out in the history of humanity, therefore a creature so pure and perfect could not have ignored what God would have asked her.
Hymn: Verbum Panis
The love that is at the service of God
God has always chosen the humble and the simple people instead of the so-called great theologians and scholars to reveal some realities unknown to many, so He chose our Bishop to explain some spiritual truths, and some details on Our Lady’s life she herself told us about. Among them, for example, one of the most significant and revealing, both for her human perfection and her obedience to God, is the one recounted in the book on her life, when she talks with Marisa about the event of Annunciation: "You must know, little Marisa, that I was free to accept or reject the call of God, for He left to all men the freedom to decide, as I was the one who received so many graces, I was preserved from sin, endowed with of supernatural, preternatural and natural gifts, how could I refuse the sweet call of my all? For me it was a joy to do the will of my God. My dear little Marisa there is a very important thing that you have to write: I Mary, freely agreed to become the Mother of God, without any coercion, without fear, but just because God asked me. (Of course, I already knew that I would become the Mother of God and of all men).
Mary is called the servant of God and this title cannot be separated from the love she has for the Heavenly Father. There is no love without service, as Jesus taught us, and Mary lived this teaching even before her Son would show its power with His death on the cross. Mary has freely chosen to become Jesus’ Mother, just as God the Son has freely chosen the path of suffering in order to open the Heavenly door for us. Mary accepted the sword that would have pierced her soul and she said yes, despite the awareness of the suffering she was going to endure. Christ said yes in the Garden of Gethsemane, when His soul had to endure the most violent of the suffering: to feel forsaken by the Father. Christ, even if filled with human fear, confirmed his adherence to the Father's will, uttering those words that most of all indicate the service that is born from love: "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done." (Lk 22:42). When Jesus is uttering these words, He just established the sacrament of the Eucharist, the sacrament of the total gift of Himself, the sacrament that is the culmination of love, abandonment, service and freedom. Mary is the creature who most of all exercised these virtues, so she is the Mother of Love, Mother of abandonment, Mother of service, Mother of freedom, Mother of God the Son, Mother of the Eucharist.