ADORATION

Adoration is one of the most beautiful ways to see to one of the most profound desires of our heart, that is to see the face of the living God, and to hear his voice. Ps. 105:4 encourages us to “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually”. We do so directly whenever we come to Adoration.

Adoration is centred around the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, that is Jesus in the Eucharist. Just before Jesus ascended back into Heaven he left us a promise, “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Mt. 28:20). In this promise Jesus gives us, not only his spiritual presence in our hearts, but more concretely, his very self in the Eucharist. This concrete presence is shown forth by Jesus in his encounter with Cleopas and his companion on the road to Emmaus (Lk. 24:13-35). In this encounter we see Jesus walking with his disciples. Their hearts are kept from recognizing him until he breaks bread with them. When he breaks bread, that is celebrates mass for them, their eyes are opened. What seems strange is that Jesus disappears imediately after that, leaving behind only the bread which he just blessed and broke. What he was doing for them is opening their eyes of their faith to understand that he is truly present in the Eucharist. This is a repetition of what Jesus did in Mk. 14:22, “While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”

Whenever we approach the Lord who is present upon the Altar exposed in the monstrance we come before the very throne of God. God sits there waiting for you and me to come and adore him. St. Therese of Lisieux points out, “Do you know that Jesus is present in the tabernacles expressely for you. For you alone?”. It is true. The Author of all life deems it important enough to await our presence that he stays perpetually in the Eucharist so that we might come to him and know him. And we are all welcome in his presence. Jesus says in Jn. 6:37, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1378 

“Worship of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. "The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession".

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