Like any routine or habit we form, we must start somewhere. If you want to start to come to adoration but are unsure of what is expected or how to begin, it is really very simple. Just come. Nothing is expected and the reward is grace. You just have to show up to receive it. Even a few minutes of this loving, silent presence to the Lord is a precious treasure. In this silence, the Lord speaks to us and we are showered with His mercy, love, and graces.READ MORE
Winter brings darkness, cold, and sometimes a great deal of snow. The lack ofsunlight and the monotony of our days can cause many people to lose hope.Yet Jesus promises to be our light and our salvation. He promises to guide ourpaths and that the darkness will not overcome us. In Eucharistic Adoration wecome before the Lord of Heaven and Earth, the Lord who was not afraid tostand as a light in the darkness. He remains with us to strengthen our hearts topersevere when all appears dark and we feel lost. He remains with His childrento remindthem “Thelightshinesin thedarkness,and thedarknesshasnotovercomeit.”—John1:5
St. Maximillian Kolbe once stated, “If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion." This is a profound reality to ponder. Angels who look upon the face of God, who are in Heaven, who cannot suffer,still do not possess the greatest gift which God has given to humanity: the Eucharist.It can often be tempting to forget that the ordinary bread and wine are truly the body and blood of Jesus Christ, yet God is with us. He remains with us and He gives Himself completely to us. Let us rejoice in the greatness and the goodness of our God, acknowledging that while our time on earth may be filled with trials and sufferings, God never asks us to walk alone.
Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Epiphany—the manifestation of Jesus as the Christ or 'Anointed one of God' to all the world. The Magi teach us a great deal about how we ought to approach Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration. First they approached with faith, recognizing that this was no ordinary child but rather the Son of God. We too must look upon the consecrated host, not as ordinary bread but as the hidden God. Secondly they presented the Lord with gifts, the best of what they had to offer. When we approach the Lord Jesus we must present Him with all that we are and all that we have—our minds, and our hearts. In this way our Lord will continue to manifest His presence to us and through us to all the world.
Every New Year’s we make resolutions to quit bad habits and to live healthier lifestyles. At base these resolutions can be good since they reveal a dissatisfaction with mediocrity and a desire to experience abundant life. But why not make a resolution which is not only good for you physically but also spiritually? Consider making Eucharistic Adoration part of your New Year’s resolutions. What we spend our time on reveals what we value. If you desire peace, healing, and fullness of joy then spending time with God will allow you to become fully alive. When we dedicate specific time to prayer we are able to receive the good things God desires to grant us.
In Advent the Church prepares for the three comings of Christ. She prepares for Hiscoming as a little baby at Christmas. She prepares for His coming at the end of time,when He will come to judge the living and the dead. She also prepares for the coming of Christ in the Eucharist. Emmanuel means “God is with us” (Matthew1:23). In the Eucharist Jesus is truly ‘God with us’. When Jesus came as a little babyHe was vulnerable and weak; He hid his divinity. In the Eucharist Jesus continues tomake himself vulnerable and weak, and hides both his divinity and his humanity.God came to save us from our sins 2000 years ago, yet He remains in the Eucharistto heal us from the effects of our sin.
Heaven is the place where we shall behold the face of God unveiled. On this Earth we can also behold the face of God yet only the eyes of faith are able to recognize Him. St. Thomas says that on the cross Jesus hid His divinity but in the Eucharist He hides both His divinity and His humanity. It is only through faith that we can look upon the white host and recognize the Lord and giver of life, for "faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen"— Hebrews 11:1. May we look upon our God with faith on this Earth so that we may behold Him in His glory in Heaven.
Eucharist means thanksgiving. When we go to Mass we are offering God a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for all that He has done for us and all thatHe continues to do. In a special way Eucharistic Adoration is also a prayer ofthanksgiving. When you find it difficult to pray or do not know what to say toGod why not count your blessings? Try to think about the ways God hasblessed you today, in this week, in this year. Once you begin to recognize themany ways God is already blessing you, your heart will overflow with praise.
There are many forms of prayer. We can offerpraise to God for who He is. We can offer thanksgivingforwhatHehasdone,but wecanalsoprayfor others and make their needs and concerns our own. This is called intercessory prayer. Often intimes of trial or difficulty the only thing we can sayto someone who is struggling is that we will prayfor them. We can place that person on our heartsand then go before Jesus in the Blessed Sacramentand offer Him our hearts. He will hear our prayersand answer them according to what is truly goodfor us and for others.
The Christian journey takes perseverance. Scripture says that even “the just man falls seventimes a day” (Proverbs 24:16). Despite the factthat we seek to avoid sin and to practice virtue,our human nature is prone to weakness. Often wecan feel this weakness as a great burden, yet Jesus is there to console us. In Eucharistic Adoration we come into contact with a God who has madeHimself ‘small and weak’ in order to make usstrong-- in Him. We can come to Jesus with ourburdens and ask Him to heal us and to give us Hisgrace to persevere to the end. God does not ask usto be successful but to be faithful. Then we cansay with St. Paul, “When I am weak, then I amstrong” (2 COR.12:10).
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.