Mary, key to Eucharistic devotion – Dolan

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New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan stresses a point during his catechesis on “The Eucharist and Mary” during the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (photo by Analyn Perucho)


CEBU City, Jan. 30, 2016 – To fall in love with Jesus in the Eucharist, the faithful need to go back to the first Eucharistic adorer, Mary, said New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan, who gave the Jan. 30 catechesis at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in this city.

“You want to be closer to Jesus on the cross at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? Be closer to Mary, because she’s right next to him,” said the former president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The prelate, speaking on the theme “The Eucharist and Mary”, gave an overview on how the Blessed Virgin animates the Eucharist as “sacrifice, meal, and presence”, sharing anecdotes on the inseparability of Jesus and Mary – from crib to cross.


What Mary’s ‘fiat means

According to Dolan, the Eucharist is possible precisely because of the Virgin Mary’s “Yes” to divine action.

“The first Incarnation happened with Mary’s cooperation. The Incarnation goes on now as Jesus-is-with-us, Emmanuel, in the Blessed Eucharist… The Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, as the Incarnation, the Word Made Flesh goes on, as it started with Mary’s fiat, when she provided Him a human nature,” he explained.

Dolan reveals Mary as the first one to be privy to the immensity of God’s gift to mankind in the Eucharist.

“She beheld the presence of the Incarnate Word, the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, God the Son, the Eternal Word to whom she had freely given a human nature… She gave birth to the Son of God in a little town called Bethlehem.

“There’s a hint of the Eucharist that first Christmas!”, he exclaimed.

According to Dolan, even Jesus’ birth place of Bethlehem, which means “House of Bread”, offers clues to his role to humanity.


‘Bread for the world’

The Baby Jesus’ resting place, a manger, means “feedbox”, because, as Dolan explained, “Jesus was intended as bread for the world in the Eucharist.”

“Who provided the human nature to the Son of God?”, asked Dolan, noting how Mary was witness to all of these foreshadowings and would continue to do so – all the way to the Cross.

The Blessed Virgin’s role as a hastener of Eucharistic grace, is seen, said Dolan, from the “first miracle for that newly-married couple at Cana in Galilee, by changing water into wine, at her request… to the Lord’s Supper when He miraculously changes bread into His Body and wine to His Most Precious Blood.”

Some 15,000 delegates from more than 70 countries are gathered in this city for the last days of the IEC. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz / CBCP News)



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