Text of the Eucharistic adoration of November 26, 2017
Our Lord Jesus Christ King of Universe
Dear Jesus the Eucharist,
today we are gathered here before You to love you, praise you and celebrate you as Christ, King of the universe. We wish to recognize you as the only king of our lives. Claudio, our Bishop, explained that to place you first means to love you with all our being, without reservation, it means to place you "at the height of the grading of loves we have" (Homily by H.E. Mons. Claudio Gatti, June 8, 2008). The stronger will be the love for you, the stronger will be the love we have and show for the others, starting from our family, friends and community. Once love is spread to others, love returns to you. Thinking about such deep spiritual concepts, in this moment when we are worshipping You, Oh Lord, allows us to experience your presence at its best and most profoundly. We know that for the simple fact of being in Your presence, our soul is already getting great benefits, even if we do not notice it. In your letters, the Mother of the Eucharist always taught us: "First learn to love, then pray". Jesus, You often spoke to our community of mutual love, inviting us to pray for each other. Today all of us here want to do just that, we want to offer our imperfect love of human beings and our prayers for the community members who are sick, suffering and living situations that are difficult from any point of view. We know that you are close to us and do not forsake your children because you said: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened" (Mt 7:7-8). Lord, we await your help with trust and we know that the waiting will not be in vain because you have already accomplished great works and not only in this thaumaturgic place, but above all in the life of each one of us.
Jesus, King without a crown
Lord Jesus, You are the true King, but without a crown. You are not like the kings of this Earth in the spasmodic search of power and honor. Unfortunately, by many you are considered an inconvenient God because you speak of love, justice, peace, grace and humility. In a world where prevarication over the other is a valid method of achieving respect, You, Lord, can only be rejected. Likewise those who, over the centuries, have followed you faithfully and have made your love their lifestyle, have been rejected and considered inconvenient. Prophets and all those who have preached Your word and not their own and carried out the missions You entrusted them with, have often been turned away, rejected or even killed, just as they did to You. Our Bishop and our sister Marisa gave their lives to do Your will and for the brothers' sake, but in return they received calumnies, humiliations, offenses, especially from those who should have loved and supported them more. Often the Bishop, when he was particularly embittered or disappointed, said: "I am in good company, you too, Lord, suffered the same treatment, you were betrayed and slandered". Our spiritual parents have placed themselves at the service of souls and of your Church as this is the teaching you left us: "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mk 10:43-45). It is a radical change of mentality, heart and spirit placing first the gift of self and service to the others. This spirit of service is readiness, generosity, ability to love everyone, which is a reflection of the love that You, God, give to us. Only in this way there is certainty that there is more joy in giving than receiving.
The miracle waiting to happen
Today is the anniversary of the Eucharistic miracle of November 26, 1995, the "miracle waiting to happen". That day the thaumaturgic place was literally invaded by hundreds of people, there were many priests who confessed throughout the morning and there were many conversions, especially among young people. Despite the rain, most of the people remained to pray and worship You, Jesus the Eucharist, miraculously coming among us. They were people who were looking for You, Jesus, for they felt they needed it. In a world that runs away from You there are still many people who are seeking You, especially the weakest, and when they find someone who cares about them and leads them to You, they follow him, because they seek a light illuminating their way, they seek a meaning to their existence. So it was for us belonging to this community: the light we met in the eyes of our Bishop brought us to You, Christ, through the Mother of the Eucharist. Unfortunately many have not yet discovered the joy of loving You, also because some great men of the Church behave as if the Church were their property, but they forget that it is Yours and they should exercise power to serve and not to be served, as You did. This, unfortunately, can still be seen today, despite the fact that eight years have passed since the departure of the Bishop and Marisa. In fact, there are still prejudices and biases concerning our community and the extraordinary events that took place in this thaumaturgic place, without a firm will and courage to start a just process of investigation. Priests, especially those in Rome and in Italy, are afraid and do not come to the thaumaturgic place, nor do they encourage the faithful to do so, except for some foreign priests. The Bishop and the Mother of the Eucharist have often repeated that the Church, to be truly reborn, does not need many priests, but these must be strong, courageous, holy! We pray to You, Lord, so that the figure of Christ, the King without a crown may triumph ever more in the Church and may continue to give it new strength, sustained by the commitment and prayers of each one of us. Finally, we want to thank you for a special grace that You wanted to give to the city of Rome on the 26th November 1995. An earthquake that was supposed to upset and overwhelm our city did not occur because of the love and power of the Eucharist. (From the prayer formulated by Bishop Claudio Gatti on November 25, 2007) Thank You for having worked that miracle, disparaged by most men, but great to your eyes and to the eyes of those who love You.