Holy Rosary Month - Day 18: Luminous Mysteries 5
The institution of the Holy Eucharist: In the fifth luminous mystery we meditate on the institution of the Holy Eucharist. The theme of life and light is of course in its culmination in the fifth luminous mystery. The Emmaus story of Luke beautifully ends with the narration, “He sat down to eat with them, took the bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and then gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight.” (Lk 24:30) The moment of breaking of the bread was the moment of the revelation of Jesus Christ, Immanuel; the holy Eucharist gives you the presence of Jesus the son of God. Once we understand the relation between our daily life and holy Eucharist and its importance in our life, this luminous mystery will become the heart of our life not part of our life. Certainly it gives light and life to our life; it is the meeting point of Jesus’ (who is bread of life Jn 6:48; the light of the world Jn 8:12) offering his person (Jn 10:11) and the people who are in need of light and life. Let us thank God that he has given us an everlasting memorial in this holy Eucharist. The action of Jesus in breaking bread, giving it, and pouring wine, during the Last Super, realizes in advance the gift of his body and blood for nourishing our life. And because this action is a meal, that is, something that one can have again, with food that one can eat, by reenacting this meal we can assimilate the very person of Jesus, given over to death and rise again. Therefore, this is not an ordinary meal; Paul says, “Every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1Cor 11:26) It sheds light into our Christian life; as Vatican II puts, “Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life.” If we understand the reward of the holy Eucharist we will never miss it; it gives us eternal life, resurrection on the last day, and a living together with God the father and the son. (Jn 6:55, 56) Do I realize the importance of holy Eucharist in my Christian life?
Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to understand the meaning and the importance of the holy mass in our lives and live a Eucharistic life. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who participate in the holy Eucharist but unable to understand the meaning of full and conscious participation and receiving the Holy Communion. Let those who are away from holy Eucharist may come back and experience its everlasting fruits through the intercession of Mary, “the woman of the holy Eucharist.” Amen!
Greetings: Wish you all a nice and blissful Marian Saturday!