The Miracle of the Mass
Medium: Coloured Pencil
This image was drawn as a catechetical image for children, to teach them the transcendent meaning of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
The Mass is a miracle we behold with the eyes of faith. Those who understand and believe in this miracle receive immeasurable graces at the foot of the altar. Indeed, if we truly grasp the power of the Eucharist, our participation at Mass will be the center of our lives and a vision and foretaste of the life to come.
At every Mass, we witness the extravagance of God’s self-emptying love for us. We could not be present at Calvary, but the sacrifice of Calvary is made present at every Mass. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is one and the same sacrifice, repeated this time in an unbloody manner, for us to enter into and adore. Day after day, on every altar throughout the world, Jesus offers Himself to the Father in atonement for our sins, obtaining mercy for all who draw near to Him in love. He says to us as He said to His disciples at the Last Supper, “This is my Body, which will be given up for you”. Now, just as then, He changes the bread and the wine into His very Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, through the ministry of His representative, the priest.
Intimacy with Jesus was not reserved to Our Lady, the twelve disciples, and the holy women who followed our Lord. Divine intimacy is an open invitation to every Christian man and woman who desires to cleave to Christ in an embrace of mutual love. In this life, there is no greater union with Christ possible than in Holy Communion. Such is God’s mercy that He invites us to embrace Him even physically in the Eucharist, uniting His Body to our body, wedding His Spirit to our spirit. We feed upon God who is Mercy, and He feeds upon the miseries of our hearts, interiorly renewing them with His grace. The purpose of our Communions is to transform us into the One we receive: “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20).
May we treasure this Treasure the Lord has given us, relishing our Communions and worshipping the God who feeds us out of His own flesh. Happy are those who are called to His supper!