Eucharistic Adoration

07-18-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Now that summer is in full swing, I want to take a moment to once again encourage you to consider spending some time in Eucharistic Adoration on Monday evenings at St. Jerome Church. It is a wonderful and rewarding time to spend with our Lord who is present in the Blessed Sacrament. Some people have told me that they don’t go because they do not know what to do, or they do not know what it is.

Eucharistic Adoration is a time set aside by Holy Mother Church for you to adore the Lord. It is an act of faith; one that acknowledges that the Real Presence of Jesus Christ is truly present in our churches and tabernacles and, in Eucharistic Adoration, he is truly present on the altar. It is a time for you to just be with the Lord in a particular way. Some would argue that the Lord is present everywhere so we do not need to be in a church for adoration. Yes, God is everywhere, but to take time out of your day and to travel to see him physically in the Blessed Sacrament brings many graces and blessings.

For example, a lover and his beloved are present to each other in a variety of ways throughout the day, even when they are not together physically, but when evening comes and the lover and his beloved are present to each other face to face, their hearts start to beat and a warm feeling comes over them. When you are in love, you want to spend as much time as possible with your beloved.

Eucharistic Adoration is that same thing. We are present to God in a variety of ways throughout the day, but when we enter into a church, and Christ is present in the tabernacle or on the altar in a monstrance, we see him face to face, we are present to him and he to us in a physical way. And just as when two lovers are together, they can enjoy each other’s presence with conversation or with silence, just happy and joyful to be in the presence of the beloved with no talking necessary. When you come to Eucharistic Adoration, you can spend as much time or as little time as you want, but your presence is that act of faith to our God that you acknowledge him to be present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Blessed Sacrament.

When you arrive, you can sit, or kneel, or even be prostrate on the floor; you can pray the rosary or other devotions; you can read Sacred Scripture; you can just talk to our Lord in your own words. You can just sit in silence like a lover and his beloved sitting together in their living room not speaking a word to each other but relishing in each other’s presence. Whatever you do is your choice. But please know that our Church has a long history of reporting on the many graces and blessings that come to a person who takes time to engage with the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration. You will never regret the time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.