Looking back on my walk with Jesus, I have found him! I have found him in the young and old, in the strong and fragile, in the docility and complexity of people. But where i have found him most, where I loved him deeply is in Eucharistic Adoration.
Eucharistic Adoration was probably on my radar since 2005, when a friend instilled a great love for the Eucharist in my life. It was like finding Jesus’ secret hiding places. Finding Jesus in his hiding place is so prevalent in a world that is bombarded with so much noise and distractions.
Here are 3 reasons why I think spending time with Christ in Eucharistic Adoration is so crucial to our faith journey.
- Jesus himself makes the bold claim and invitation. “I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35). In another place, after returning from his sorrow in Gethsemane, he told his disciples, “Could you not watch with me for one hour?” (Matthew 26:40). Jesus doesn’t say imagine me, or this could be me. He gives us the certitude that he is present body, blood, soul, and divinity …. somewhere – Eucharist! There is a place we can go to spend time with him and to see with eyes of faith.
- Jesus teaches us that boredom is okay. Not every visit to the Blessed Sacrament will be emotionally charged! Often times, we have so many preoccupations, things running through our mind and this temptation than internal nourishment through Adoration might simply be a waste of time. As a matter of fact, it is in these very moments that Adoration truly bears fruit! These moments, the Holy Spirit forces us out of ourselves to face Jesus and to lay all our troubles at his feet. Then there are times where we have nothing to say at all and that is perfectly fine … all we have to do is look at him and he looks at us … radiation therapy if you will, love looking on his beloved!
- Adoring Jesus keeps us humble. What a beautiful meditation to consider that the Almighty God who created matter, the cosmos, the ocean and sea animals is the same God who has allowed himself to remain a prisoner of love in the host …. for us! He wants to be with us and remaining with us in this way is the most inviting, most approachable way we can come to him.
A final thought: Mary leads us to Jesus. She always points to him that we should do whatever he tells us. She is the disciple who said YES to the entire plan of God. So let us turn to her and be on our way.