FOR EUCHARISTIC DEVOTION
The supernatural reality of the True Presence
of Christ in the Eucharist can be meditated upon by incorporating
the following mysteries in the recitation of the rosary.
Wedding Feast at Cana
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the
wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him,
"They have no wine." Jesus said to her, "Woman, how
does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come." His
mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial
washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them,
"Fill the jars with water." So they filled them to the
brim. Then he told them, "Draw some out now and take it to
the headwaiter." So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted
the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from
(although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter
called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves good
wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior
one; but you have kept the good wine until now" (John 2:1-10).
At Cana, the mother of Jesus asks her son for the needs of a wedding
feast; this is a sign of another feast - that of the wedding of
the Lamb where he gives his body and blood at the request of the
Church, his Bride (CCC 2618). The sign of the water turned into
wine at Cana already announces the Hour of Jesus' glorification.
It makes manifest the fulfillment of the wedding feast in the Father's
kingdom, where the faithful will drink the new wine that has become
the Blood of Christ (CCC 1135).
Mother Mary, lead us to your Beloved Son so that
we may truly give our best for Him in all that we do.
The Feeding of the Multitudes
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart
was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a
shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. By now it was
already late and his disciples approached him and said: "This
is a deserted place and it is already late. Dismiss them so that
they can go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves
something to eat." He said to them in reply, "Give them
some food yourselves." But they said to him, "Are we to
buy two hundred days' wages worth of food and give it to them to
eat?" He asked them, "How many loaves do you have? Go
and see." And when they had found out they said, "Five
loaves and two fish." So he gave them orders to have them sit
down in groups on the green grass. The people took their places
in rows by hundreds and by fifties. Then, taking the five loaves
and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing,
broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the
people; he also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate
and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full
of fragments and what was left of the fish. Those who ate of the
loaves were five thousand men (Mark 6:34-44). The miracles of the
multiplication of the loaves, when the Lord says the blessing, breaks
and distributes the loaves through his disciples to feed the multitude,
prefigure the superabundance of this unique bread of his Eucharist
We pray for a greater awareness of Christ's Presence
in our daily lives. Lord, help us to receive you into our lives
with complete adoration, humility and trust.
The Bread of Life
"Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for
me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and
were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food
that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal." So they said
to him, "What can we do to accomplish the works of God?"
Jesus answered and said, "This is the work of God, that you
believe in the one he sent." So they said to him, What sign
can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: 'He gave
them bread from heaven to eat.'" So Jesus replied to them,
"Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread
from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For
the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives
life to the world." So they said to him, "Sir, give us
this bread always." Jesus said to them, "I am the bread
of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes
in me will never thirst. ... For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him will have eternal
life, and I shall raise him on the last day. "Amen, amen, I
say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of
life. Your ancestors ate manna in the desert, but they died; this
is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it
and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever
eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world." "The Jews quarreled
among themselves saying, "How can this man give us his flesh
to eat?" Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks
my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats
my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as
the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me"
(John 6: 26-35; 40; 47-57).
The Father in heaven urges us, as children of heaven,
to ask for the bread of heaven. Christ himself in the bread who,
sown in the Virgin, raised up in the flesh, kneaded in the Passion,
baked in the oven of the tomb, reserved in churches, brought to
alters, furnishes the faithful each day with food from heaven (CCC
Lord, give us this day our daily Bread that we might
become perfected by your Love.
The Last Supper
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the
blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, "Take
and eat; this is my body." Then he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you, for
this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of
many for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26: 26-28). For I received
from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus,
on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given
thanks, broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way also the cup,
after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For
as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the
death of the Lord until he comes (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). By celebrating
the Last Supper with his apostles in the course of the Passover
meal, Jesus gave the Jewish Passover its definitive meaning. Jesus'
passing over to his father by his death and Resurrection, the new
Passover, is anticipated in the Supper and celebrated in the Eucharist,
which fulfills the Jewish Passover and anticipates the final Passover
of the Church in the glory of the Kingdom (CCC 1340).
On the Road to Emmaus
Now that very day two of them were going to a village
seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing
about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while
they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked
with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He
asked them, "What are you discussing as you walk along?"
They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said
to him in reply, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who
does not know of the things that have taken place there in these
days?" And he replied to them, "What sort of things?"
They said to him, "The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the
people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to
a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he
would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now
the third day since this took place. Some women from our group,
however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they
had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just
as the women had described, but him they did not see." And
he said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart
to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that
the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?"
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to
them what referred to him in all the scriptures. As they approached
the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that
he was going on farther. But they urged him, "Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over." So he
went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with
them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave
it to them. With that, their eyes were opened and they recognized
him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other,
"Were not our hearts burning (within us) while he spoke to
us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?" So they set
out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered
together the eleven and those with them who were saying, "The
Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!" Then
the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was
made known to them in the breaking of the bread (Luke 24: 13-35).
Lord, open our eyes and our hearts that we may see
that You truly are the Bread of Life, so that we too might come
to love You more fully in the Holy Eucharist.