It may have been unwitting, but the music selection at our parish for yesterday’s solemnity hit the nail on the head.   During holy communion the song was "What Child Is This?"   One of my favorite Christmas carols, but yesterday, transformed for me. 

    There we were, asking as we processed about to receive, and knelt to adore, the Real Presence: "Why lies He in such mean estate, where ox and ass are feeding?"

    Naturally the song does not pause and give us time to decide, which am I — ox or ass? — but goes on to answer the question of why He’s there with us.    Bit of a double whammy.   I took the hint, enlightened, warned, and consoled.   In all, a very motherly way to get a message across.