Jesus desires to be near us. What an incredible thought.Not only does He allow Himself to become our food, He remains ever-present in the tabernacle. But why does Hechoose to remain so close to us? The only sufficient answeris love. When two people begin to court they like to spendtime with one another and learn about the likes and dislikesof the other. Yet there comes a time when love has matured and there is no longer a need for words. There is something profoundly beautiful about a married couple who have saidall there is to say and simply wish to abide in the presenceof the other. Whether we are beginning in our relationshipwith Jesus or have walked with Him for a long time—thelanguage of love is silence and the mode in which He communicates this love is in His presence.
In November the Church commemorates the souls of the faithful departed. We recall that while the Souls in Purgatory are suffering in anticipation of their entrance into Heaven, they can no longer pray for themselves. We are each called to pray for the dead. In Eucharistic Adoration, we bring our own needs but also the needs of those who have gone before us. Praying for the dead is a powerful reminder that this life is not our final destination. One day we will also need the prayers of those whom we have left behind. May we recognize the value of human life and feel compassionate for our brothers and sisters in Purgatory.
Jesus frequently came into contact with people who were considered ‘unclean’; He met lepers, tax-collectors, and prostitutes. The incredible thing is that once these people encountered Jesus they could never be the same again. Yetthey still had to decide whether they wanted to remain in their state of isolation-- an isolation due to either physical orspiritual sickness (sin), or be healed. The same dilemma ispresented to each of us in Eucharistic Adoration. We approachthe holiness of God, and in so doing simultaneously come into contact with our own sinfulness. Like the leper, the taxcollector, and the prostitute we must ask ourselves if we arewilling to be changed by Jesus, to see not only what we are,but who God has created us to be. May the grace which gavethe leper the courage to cry out to Jesus also be ours; may we be reconciled with God our Father.
Come let the Lord love you. Come be with the Lord.
Prayer can be a mixed bag. Sometimes there is deep joyand peace, other times there is dryness and distraction.Yet God is always teaching us something even if Hismethod of teaching changes. God’s ways can seem, notonly mysterious but also ironic. We see God’s sense ofhumor most poignantly in the lives of the saints. InAbraham we see a man who was to be a great nation, yetis called to sacrifice His only son. In St. Therese we seea young woman who desired to be a missionary yet died in a cloister. Even in Our Lady, we see a woman called to be both Virgin and Mother. God transforms us littleby little. But often it is not in the way we would choose.God’s ways are not our ways.
Come let the Lord love you. Come be with the Lord.
God does nothing unnecessarily. While it is true that we can access God present in our heartsand through our prayer, there is something profoundly necessary about Euchar istic Ador ation.As creatures we need something tangible to ‘hold onto’. God accommodates this ‘need’ of the human heart by making Himself the Bread of Life. Wegaze upon Him with our human eyes and He gazesback. We can take God into our hands, into ourmouths, and into our hearts. God allows us to interact with Him on our terms. He is truly with us.
Jesus makes Himself present, not only in a far offplace like Rome, but at every Catholic Church inthe world. He waits, He longs, He remains. Jesus isfaithful to His promises. There is great comfort inknowing that wherever we might be, we know exactlywhere God is: the tabernacle. Jesus is always waiting for us to draw near Him—He even, in a sense, makes Himself a ‘prisoner’ for love of us. May we draw near every day to receive grace, healing, and peace.
Every day we encounter inconvenience, temptation,and the painful recognition of our own weakness.These struggles can often feel like more than wecan bear, so how can we stay afloat? In EucharisticAdoration Jesus strengthens us to 'do battle' and toview the difficulties of daily life as a participationin His Cross. Not only do we receive the vision tosee reality—but also the hope necessary to endurefaithfully to the end. God’s grace is sufficient.
Adoration can be compared to sun-bathing—wesit, receive, and are changed by simply being inGod’s presence. But what if you are distracted anddon’t feel like the Lord is doing anything for you? This experience of prayer could be compared to spending an overcast day at the beach. It may notseem like you are getting any sun, but if you leaveoff your sun-screen, you will soon feel how wrongyou have been.
God’s ‘rays’, just like those of the sun, still‘touch’ us, even if we cannot perceive them. Ourfeelings are not always in conformity with reality.Even if we experience distraction and restlessness—Godisstillatwork.
Our Feelings and Reality: Adoration can be compared to sun-bathing-we sit, receive, and are changed by simply being in God's presence. But what if you are distracted and don't feel like the Lord is doing anything for you? This experience of prayer could be compared to spending an overcast day at the beach. It may not seem like you are getting any sun, but if you leave off your sun-screen, you will soon feel how wrong you have been.
God's 'rays', just like those of the sun, still 'touch' us, even if we cannot perceive them. Our feelings are not always in conformity with reality. Even if we experience distraction and restlessness God is still at work.