by Fr. Lito Jopson

CEBU – “May we remember invitation of Cardinal Tagle: to renew the family is to renew the family meal.  One way to renew Church is to restore the utter centrality of the family meal every Sunday.”

dolanSo goes New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s reflection in his topic titled: “The Eucharist and Mary” in the seventh day of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress held in the Pavilion, Cebu City.

He also expressed his affections for the Filipinos and acknowledged their loyalty to the family and passionate Catholic faith in his Archdiocese of New as well as the United States.

“Now I see where all these virtues come from.  We experience the radiance here in Cebu.”

He described the mass as sacrifice, meal, and presence and how Mary animated these.

“The Eucharist is the renewal of the sacrifice on Calvary … who was there with Jesus? Near the cross was his mother.”

He invited the faithful, “You want to be close to Jesus at the mass? Be close to Mary.”

Regarding the Eucharist as meal, “Mother Mary is always on the table with Jesus and us. As she gave birth to Jesus, she place him at the manger that is a feedbox.  Jesus is intended as bread.”  He then echoed Cardinal Tagle’s plea to renew the family meal.

On the Eucharist as the real presence of Jesus, the Blessed Mary played a huge role in the incarnation of her Son Jesus.

“Who provided a human nature to the Son of God” Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Mary.  In the incarnation, God asked her free consent for the incarnation to happen.”

Cardinal Dolan also acknowledged the priests’ work of converting bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.

“Priests are close to Jesus.  According to Mother Teresa, they perform the transubstantion of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus in the mass,” explained the Cardinal.

He admonished those who simply receive the body of Jesus with doubtful hearts.

“Be careful: every time people look at the host, they are tempted to snicker to believe that the bread is true body.  Let’s proclaim our Creed: I do believe,” reminded the Cardinal.

Concluding his Catechesis, he declared the Mary is part of the Eucharist.

“She carried within her the very life of the Son of God.  She has the divine in her.  We spiritually have the very life of Christs in us. He lives in us.”  (Reported by Fr. Lito Jopson, CBCP ECSC, TV Maria)

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