“I AM the living bread which came down from Heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world.” (Jn 6:51-52, DR)
“And entering into the house, they found the Child with Mary, his Mother, and falling down, they adored Him; and opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Mt 2:11, DR)
Bethlehem means “House of Bread.” In the mind of God, before the foundation of the world, and prophesied in the Old Testament, Jesus was destined to be incarnated, and to be Eucharist for us. The Immaculate Virgin Mary, having given birth without labour to the Bread from Heaven, she herself laid Him in a manger, that is, in a food-bin for lower beings. This Eucharistic Jesus, the fruit of her womb, she would present to the wise men for adoration, to the priest in the Temple for consecration, and to the Father on the Cross for our salvation.
O what must have been and what must be her piety! Her adoration of such ineffable goodness, humility, and self-diffusion! Look upon Him with her eyes; love Him with her Immaculate Heart. With such a pure heart, you will see God. Like the man born blind whose eyes were opened, fall down, O soul, and adore your almighty and benevolent God. Contemplate him in the Heart of Jesus, in Mary’s Womb, in the manger; behold His ways: His obedience and charity, His meek and patient manners, His divine words and eloquent silence, His Passion and His death: In all behold the Eucharist.
Meditation by Stephen Snyder, originally published anonymously in The Chaplet of St. Francis in 2012. All Rights Reserved, 2019.
 Eph 1:4.
 Mi 5:2-3.
 Having been preserved by Christ from original sin, Mary was exempt from the pains of childbirth (one of the wages of sin; Cf. Gen 3:16.) A Virgin before, during, and post partum, she gave birth to our Lord miraculously.
 Lk 2:7.
 Lk 1:42.
 Mt 5:8.
 Jn 9.