Text of the Eucharistic adoration of October 26, 2014
Feast of the Mother of the Eucharist
21st anniversary of beginning of public apparitions
“My little children, it’s time to get groups of people coming to you. This is what God the Father wants after twenty-two years of silence and concealment”.
With these words, spoken by Our Lady on June 20, 1993, God the Father ordered that the Our Lady’s apparitions, which took place only in the presence of Marisa and our Bishop, then a humble priest, and a few other people, would be open to all, and this took place on 24th October of that year.
Initially, at God’s command, the feast of the Mother of the Eucharist was celebrated on March 25, but in 2003 Our Lady announced that the will of God the Father was that this feast to be celebrated on October 24, the day when the public apparitions begun. Since then, this date is a really important day for our community because it is the day when, with love, reverence and gratitude to God, we celebrate one of the biggest feasts of the liturgical year: the feast of the Mother of the Eucharist.
“The Son of God was born in the stable at Bethlehem, as was prophesied by Micah. The angels hail the God-Child. The shepherds go to the cave to meet the Messiah and return to their dwellings glorifying and praising God for what they had seen and heard. After eight days the Child is circumcised and given the name of Jesus, as it had been announced by the angel. On the day of his circumcision Jesus, turning to his Mother, says to her: «You are Mother of the Eucharist!»”
In this passage we recognize the episode contemplated in the third joyful mystery as it was formulated by our Bishop Claudio Gatti. Thanks to private revelations, we became aware of wonderful supernatural realities, like the simplicity with which Jesus communicated with his Mom, despite being a newborn, and what were some of the words that the God-Child, our Savior, addressed to his Mother: “You are Mother of the Eucharist”. The whole story of redemption, the sacrifice of the Lamb slain for all mankind and Mary’s motherhood, Mother of all humanity, is contained in these few words. It is impossible to speak about Mary without speaking about the Eucharist because to be the Mother of God and Mother of mankind was what God intended from the beginning and wanted her to share the salvation plan as a Mediatrix and Co-Redemptrix of mankind. Let us pause for a moment on these two attributes of Mary and reflect on the explanation that was given to us by our Bishop who in a few, clear and simple words, explains a concept on which for centuries many theologians were committed: “She, who has not experienced any guilt, not even the original sin, not even for a moment, is admitted by God to be with Him Co-Redemptrix and simultaneously carry out the task, which is exclusive to Christ, as Mediatrix. Christ is the Mediator, Mary the Mediatrix. Because of incarnation, the divine maternity, the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of Our Lady are possible. To say incarnation means to say Eucharist and to say Eucharist means to say Mother of the Eucharist. As in the Eucharist is contained the whole truth revealed and announced, so in Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, are enclosed all gifts and privileges God has given to his Mother”. (From the novena of Immaculate Conception)
Such clear words need no further explanation, but, as we used to do during meetings, biblical classes and our Bishop’s homilies, we would often reflect on what we heard because today while listening again to his words, we marvel at how, in his teachings, he was united to Christ.
Mary, Mother of humanity, realizes her motherhood by instructing and bringing all souls to God and to his Son. We remember the message of October 26, 1997, where she says: “I am Mother of the Eucharist and the men of the Church know this title since many years, but today they are fighting it. Have you wondered why? Because to receive Jesus the Eucharist you must be always in a state of grace and if you are not then resort to confession. Receiving Jesus in a state of grace involves sacrifices for the creature who wants to live in his own way, without sacraments, without the Eucharist, without prayer. But when he does not find anyone around he asks for God’s help. But you, creature, what have you done for Him? God is ready to help you if you want. Do you want to be saved? Go to Jesus the Eucharist. Do you want to love? Take Jesus the Eucharist in your heart and talk to Him”.
Our Lady, in every letter of God she brought us, takes the souls by hand, as would a mother with her child, and takes us to safety to her Son Jesus, pointing the path that we must not lose by putting into practice the Gospel; “Everything is here”, she is saying to us over and over again. Hers is a constant encouragement to love her Son in every way and to reserve for God the ultimate goal of all our actions, all our thoughts. She helps us to understand that the essential is a life in a state of grace: “Everything becomes prayer if you are in state of grace and united to God” (Letter of God, September 5, 1992). “Man should be limpid, pure and live in a state of grace. I will be repetitive until the end because I want to take you to holiness” (Letter of God, October 23, 1997). “God is My All”, she would affirm with strength and love, constantly teaching and pushing us to put God first, and love for your neighbor as an essential condition to demonstrate our sincere love to God. The Sacrament of the Eucharist is the sacrament of love and the Mother is the Mother of love, of sacrificed love, of love so often not realized, of love that hopes against any hope, of love that changes hearts, as was admirably explained by our Bishop in the homily of December 5, 2007. “The Eucharist, I have said many times, is everything and includes everything, as evidenced by the title ‘Mother of the Eucharist’. This title allows us to understand that in this reality is present both the Trinity and the other mystery of our faith: Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ; in it is present Christ the Eucharistic but also Christ theWord, Savior,Messiah, Friend and Christ the Son of God”.
With the act of giving His Son to mankind, God has accomplished an act of love that we cannot describe with words, but He wanted to do something more, He wanted to give us Mary as Mother, to let us understand how tender His love is. The mother represents the sweetest and tenderest figure that a human being may have, for this reason God gave us what, in our imagination, is sweetness, unconditional love, the perfect creature: Mary. On the one hand we have the tenderest of mothers, Mary, on the other the absolute and infinite love of the Father, the Eucharist. So the ultimate and most complete title attributed to Mary, the most meaningful, the much loved, is Mother of the Eucharist. Let us ponder on this great act of love of God for us and let us remind the explanation that our Bishop gave us in his elaboration of the Way of the Cross, in the occurrence when Jesus is meeting His Mother and that best explains this concept: “By entrusting the mother to John, who represents all mankind, Jesus gives her to all men; let us consider for a moment what Our Lady may have felt in her heart at that moment: she well knows that Jesus is on the cross and dying after horrible sufferings inflicted by those of whom she became the mother, but she does not falter in front of this universal motherhood that Jesus has called her up. All men, even sinners, are loved by Jesus, and equally all men, even sinners, are loved by Mary”. We welcome with humility the gifts and show we are worthy and faithful to the love that God has given us; we strive to put into practice all the teachings received, let us learn to love first and then to pray, as Jesus told us and as His Mom repeated, let us live a life of grace and love the sacraments. Only then we can claim to truly love God, theMother of the Eucharist and Jesus the Eucharist, who is the center of everything.