Back to Podcasts
How to Listen: Subscribe (it’s free!) in your favorite podcast app.
Sep 7, 2021

Imagine Mary’s First Communion

Dr. Edward Sri

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like for Mary to receive her first Holy Communion? Dr. Sri invites us to reflect on the mystery of that moment, and explains the profound connection between Mary carrying Jesus in her womb and a person receiving Communion.

Snippet from the Show

“For Mary, receiving the Eucharist must have somehow meant welcoming once more into her womb that heart which had beat in unison with hers.” – St. John Paul II


Shownotes



Mary’s First Communion 

At the Annunciation, Mary conceived the Son of God in the physical reality of his body and blood, thus anticipating within herself what to some degree happens sacramentally in every believer who receives, under the signs of bread and wine, the Lord’s body and blood.” St. John Paul II

“What must Mary have felt as she heard from the mouth of Peter, John, James, and the other Apostles the words spoken at the Last Supper: “This is my body which is given for you (Luke 22:19)? The body given up for us and made present under sacramental signs was the same body which she had conceived in her womb!” – St. John Paul II

“For Mary, receiving the Eucharist must have somehow meant welcoming once more into her womb that heart which had beat in unison with hers.”St. John Paul II

“Mary lived her Eucharistic faith even before the institution of the Eucharist, by the very fact that she offered her virginal womb for the Incarnation of God’s Word.” – St. John Paul II


  • Ponder what it would have been like for Mary to receive the Eucharist for the first time.
  • There is a profound connection between Mary carrying Jesus in her womb and a person receiving Communion.
  • In a sense, we become like Mary every time we receive the Eucharist.
  • Imagine Mary preparing herself to receive Jesus sacramentally and the joy she would have experienced having her Son dwell within her again.
  • May we lovingly welcome Jesus in every Holy Communion as Mary received and carried her Son for nine months.
  • May the Eucharist cause our hearts to beat ever more in unison with Christ’s as Mary’s heart beat perfectly with his.



Resources


Meet Your Host: Dr. Edward Sri

Dr. Sri is a theologian and the author of several best-selling books. He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. A founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), Dr. Sri currently serves as its vice president of formation. He appears regularly on EWTN and resides in Colorado with his wife, Elizabeth, and their eight children.

Has Ascension's free media strengthened your faith?
You can now offer ongoing support for this content with a recurring gift.
Support Ascension

Get your favorite Ascension content sent right to your email!

>