Where is peace to be found? We see nothing but chaos all around – even in the Church itself! Seeing this lack of peace can only mean one thing – we have not found our peace. St. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:13, “It is He Who is our peace.” Why then are we not at peace? What makes us fight outside and within? We must begin to do what He did, as St. Paul said, “making peace through the Blood of His cross”, (Col 1:20).
He was born into the world as a baby and stays hidden among us under the appearance of bread. Through the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ present in the Most Holy Eucharist is where we make peace. It is at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass where we make peace through the Blood of the cross as St. Paul tells us. If we want peace, we must go to as many Masses as we can, to receive and spend time with Him, truly Present in the Blessed Sacrament! If we cannot physically be at Mass, we can send our guardian angel and/or make a Spiritual Communion.
At Christmas ,He was born a man; today He is present sacramentally. St. Therese’s sister, Pauline, wrote to St. Therese just before her First Communion in a letter the following words: “Just think, my Therese, barely three months and Jesus will come into your heart for the first time! Who is this little Jesus? The very same Child whom the Blessed Virgin held in Her arms, wrapped in swaddling clothes, laid in the manger, cuddled on Her lap! The same exquisitely beautiful Child Who is now the delight of Heaven…” Also, St. Peter Julian Eymard wrote, “The Eucharist began at Bethlehem in Mary’s arms. It was She who brought to humanity the Bread for which it was famishing, and which alone can nourish it. She it was who took care of that Bread for us and it was She who nourished the Lamb whose life-giving Flesh we feed upon.”
The little town of Bethlehem is taken from two Hebrew words which mean “House of Bread”. He, Who called Himself ‘the Living Bread come down from Heaven,’ was born in the “House of Bread” and was laid in the place for food – a manger. The little baby Jesus that was born of Mary is the same Jesus in the Host. This amazingly loving God become Man had only one thought (and still has this one thought) – to give Himself to you and to me. He wants to share His very Being in an infinite manner. His Mother Mary knew all of this. She knew of His Flame of Love burning endlessly in His Most tender Heart and also of His tender yearning to give of Himself. It is because of Her perfect union with God that She united Herself to this very Flame of Love. Her constant desire is ALWAYS to give Her Prince of Peace to the world in order to fulfill His thirst to be received.
Unfortunately, the reason the world may not know peace is because it takes the humility of a child to seek Him and the world seems filled with pride. It is difficult for a proud man to contemplate the greatness of God’s desire to be close to all of us! A proud man would never turn to a Sacred Host for peace. He would never turn in prayer to His Holy Mother to guide him there. He would turn to negotiations, peace treaties, sanctions, wars and all of its warfare. The answer to peace is as mysterious as the Infant Birth. The humbling of a God come down from Heaven to be one of us. He came as a sweet little Babe in order that we would not be afraid to approach Him. The Sacred Host is that same Divine Tenderness of the Incarnation. He is so gentle, humble, loving, small and vulnerable. Jesus is saying “Come to Me… for I am gentle and humble of Heart (Mt. 11:30) Only the humble hear His voice. Only those with a childlike heart such as our Queen and Mother’s seek His Heart. “Let the children come to Me; do not prevent them for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these,” (Mk10:13). Could this be the reason there is no peace – are we not humble? Are we not humble enough to trust in a God Who would give Himself to us in a small white Host?
We are still in the season of Christmas until The Feast of the Presentation, February 2nd. It is not too late to ask St. Joseph to pray for us that we may humble our hearts to beg our Mother Mary to come into our souls before receiving Her Son when we go up for Communion at our Masses. When Jesus sees His Mother in our soul - He will be anxious to come in!
Let us pray: Dear St. Joseph, pray that we may honor, adore and love this Most Tender Heart of Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. May the Prince of Peace dwell in our hearts so that peace may reign in the world through the intercession of Our Mother Mary.
Dear Queen of Peace, it was from You that He took the flesh and blood with which He feeds us in the Sacred Host. You are the perfect model of adorers of the Blessed Sacrament. You adored Jesus in the little white Host with the same faith, reverence and wonder with which you adored Him on the first Christmas night and during all the years you lived with Him. Teach us not to forget that the small white Host is truly our God, infinite, eternal and omnipotent. Teach us that to bring peace to the world, all of us must invite the Prince of Peace into our own hearts with each Communion. If we all did this, there would be peace!
St. Joseph and Holy Mother Mary, Queen of Peace, pray that all of us may make room for the Prince of Peace to sit on the throne of our hearts now and throughout our entire lives so that peace may be given to the world and His Church through the only source of peace –Jesus Christ, the Son of God, truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament!
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament - pray for us!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!