ON A LIFE HIDDEN IN GOD
“No part of Our Saviour’s mortal life approaches more nearly to the Eucharistic life, than that of Nazareth. In His apostolic and suffering life, in spite of His humiliations, one can still say of Him: Behold the Man! For He shows Himself when He teaches, and He is exposed before the crowd at His crucifixion.
But at Nazareth He is hidden and unknown; and those who, meeting Him in the exercise of His public life, remember to have seen Him as a workman, can only express their astonishment that a man so obscure should have any virtue, any knowledge: What! Is not this the carpenter’s son? It would seem as if He had not even a name… It is because Jesus is a Host, a Living Bread, under the appearance of poverty, lowliness, and passive submission.
AT NAZARETH AND IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT, THE INCARNATE WORD IS HIDDEN IN THE MIDST OF HIS OWN PEOPLE.
At Nazareth and in the Blessed Sacrament, the Incarnate Word is hidden in the midst of His own people. He is received only by those who are the children of God, and who are born again in the spirit. Only to those who seek it with a pure and sincere heart does He give this grace of discovering His beauty and splendour, in the midst of the shades with which He surrounds Himself.”
– Mere Marie-Therese