This morning I was in the adoration chapel. I knew that it was going to be a very busy day, so I needed to start off on the right foot – with some much-needed quiet and grace. There in the spotlight of the bright morning sun stood a new figurine perched next to the tabernacle. The statue was of a visibly pregnant Mary with one had on the womb, holding the Son of God. This rendition of Mother Mary was truly beautiful and intriguing to me.
I found myself talking to Mary in my mind about my own experiences with pregnancy – suddenly I felt as though I could relate to her on a new, very human level. As I gazed at the statue, I thought, “How wonderful – how miraculous it must have been to hold Jesus in her womb.” Then it struck me (sitting there in front of the Blessed Sacrament) that we too are most blessed. God humbled Himself to “share in our humanity,” by being born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus enters into us – body, blood, soul and divinity – each time we receive Holy Communion. We hold Him close in our bodies in a way – perhaps nearly as intimately – as Mary did.
Jesus loves us so much that He died a horrible death for us. His love is so complete, so transcending, that He continues to give ALL of Himself to each of us every time we approach the altar to receive Him. What a truly amazing gift!