This coming weekend the Church celebrates the Feast of Corpus Christi. We worship the God who gives us His very Body and Blood.
An early Christian symbol of Jesus was the Pelican, because of the legend that the mother Pelican wounded herself to feed her children with her own blood. You can still see this on some altars.
This makes us think, at the same time, of the Eucharist and of the relationship between a mother and her unborn child, who is nourished in the most intimate way by nutrients carried in the mother’s blood.
Jesus gives Himself to us daily on the altars of our Churches so that we can give ourselves to our children — born and unborn — daily on the altars of our lives.