NSTITUTED AT LAST SUPPER, THE MASS GIVES US A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR TAPPING INTO UNFATHOMABLE GRACE
We are given an opportunity to hand up our own private petitions during Mass and this is a unique opportunity to address our most urgent needs. It’s a moment that shouldn’t be missed.
It’s a special channel to God.
The Mass was instituted, by Christ, at the Last Supper, to draw us into one Body, praying for each other, and we’re our brothers’ keepers. We are called to care about our neighbors as much as we care about ourselves. We’re called to pray especially that we all remain “one Body, one Spirit, in Christ.”
We’re called to heal and teach and comfort.
We’re called to reconcile. We’re called to preserve our loyalty and unity. The prayers of our Canon go back to the fourth century and still preserve (as a priest so nicely put it), “the fragrance of that primitive liturgy, in times when Caesar governed the world and hoped to extinguish the Christian faith; times when our forefathers would gather together before dawn to sing a hymn to Christ.”
As the Church has informed us through centuries of councils, the Mass is not a mere representation but actual reality. It is a real and visible sacrifice. It’s a tribute, an offering. It preserves the sacred rites of ancient Jews but frames them in the context of Jesus. It perpetuates His memory until the end of time and is applied for the sins we commit on a daily basis. It’s an ongoing re-presentment of His sacrifice on the Cross and also a celebration of His Resurrection.
The Catholic Church is both a joyful and suffering Church. During the Eucharist we travel with Jesus to Calvary. We are at the foot of the Cross with Mary, John, and the pious women. Jesus’ wounds are our wounds and our wounds are His. We are in union. We are one Body. With that unification, and only with that unification, comes the Holy Spirit. With it also comes Our Blessed Mother. She is standing next to the tabernacle. You see a statue of her, along with the Crucifix, in every conventional church. She always points to the Eucharist; she’s a part of the Eucharist because Jesus’ Flesh was her flesh. It came from her flesh just as His Blood came from her vessels.
In conjunction with the Holy Spirit He took His Flesh from Mary, and so the Eucharist is also a part of the mother.
That’s why at many of the most famous Marian shrines you find special devotion to the Eucharist. She is “Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.” She embodies the Mass. She was present for the major events in Jesus’ life just as we are now present during the liturgy. It is the Holy Spirit Who grants guidance, heals sickness, strengthens our bodies, and protects us against all untoward events. It’s the Holy Spirit Who imbues Mass with Christ’s Presence. When there are miracles or revelations, these are accomplished through the Holy Spirit. During Mass He is especially strong. He is especially willing to pervade our spirits. And we should invite that. We should beg for His arrival. We should beg Him to pray through our own minds and lips. Again, we should ask Him to reveal to us what it is we should be praying about.
Nothing brings the Holy Spirit more than the Eucharist (especially when we pray with spontaneity, from deep within the heart), and with such prayer, with God, anything is possible. Anything can change. Anything can be accomplished. As the Virgin once said, “The most important thing in the spiritual life is to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes, the peace will be established. When that occurs, everything around you changes. Pray for the Holy Spirit for enlightenment. Ask the Holy Spirit to renew your souls, to renew the entire world. Raise your hands, yearn for Jesus because in His Resurrection He wants to fill you with graces.”
When that happens, when we have the Holy Spirit, then, according to Our Blessed Mother, we have everything.