Mary as Mother

Contemplate Jesus lying in His Crib, wrapped in the might of divine peace and redemptive suffering.  Mary, kneeling, enraptured, in ecstasy, watches over the Child, over the Eternal One.  She meditates on another Bethlehem, on quite another Crib, a crib of apparent repose, but of real and perpetual immolation, the Altar!

Looking ahead through the centuries to come, the loving Queen, the sorrowing Virgin contemplates this lasting Bethlehem, indestructible through the ages, where this same adorable Child will be born thousands of times upon the Altar.  She sees Him placed, like a mild prisoner, between the walls of a humble and silent Tabernacle.  Glancing down at her sleeping Child, she beholds the same Jesus—her God—humbled even more in each ciborium, than He is in the manger.

The vision of Bethlehem has become reality.  On every altar, Jesus-Host seems to sleep, and Mary continues to guard this Eucharistic crib from which Jesus constantly watches over us.  ~ Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey

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