Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Great Gifts of Jesus and Mary


















A little while ago I posted a blog on St. Maximillian Kolbe’s Eucharistic and Marian theology and devotion. As I mentioned previously, he saw these two devotions as inseparable.
I was reminded of this awesome truth last week while watching Mike Willisee's DVD on the Eucharist. The point was made in the DVD regarding three great gifts in the Life and Ministry of our Lord Jesus:

1)  In the Incarnation, the Virgin Mary gave the Lord Jesus Christ the gift of her flesh and blood.
2) During the Last Supper, Jesus gave us the gift of His Body and Blood as the perpetual remembrance and representation of His once-for-all Sacrifice on Calvary.
3) As He hung on the Cross, one of the last things our Lord did before He died was to give us His Mother to be our very own  .

As we contemplate how these three Mysteries are linked together and how they come “full-circle”, we begin to appreciate how intricately united Eucharistic and Marian devotion is. We also begin to realise that Jesus is so completely united with His Mother that they CANNOT be separated. It is for this reason that the Church since her earliest days, especially through the writings of the Saints, reminds us that if we wish to draw nearer to Jesus, the surest and best way is through the Blessed Virgin Mary.
So may we never cease to offer God the deepest gratitude for these immense and inseparable gifts – the gift of His Blessed Mother to intercede for us; and the gift of His Most Precious Body and Blood as food for our souls unto Eternal Life.

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