If you read a bulletin announcement that Jesus would be visiting your church every Wednesday between 9 am and 7 pm, would you spare some time to go see Him?
Most of us would instinctively say, “Yes!” After all, why would anyone not take the amazing opportunity to go talk to Jesus, tell Him our worries, and ask for guidance?
If that’s true, then why isn’t every hour of Eucharistic Adoration filled to the brim with people? As Catholics, we believe that the Blessed Sacrament, which is on display during Adoration, is truly Jesus. So when we go to Adoration, we are literally visiting Him.
Faith in Christ’s Presence
The true presence of Christ in the Eucharist is a hard concept, even for the most devout Catholics. We are accustomed to using our five senses to understand the world around us. For example, we detect a nearby fire by smelling something burning and/or seeing smoke. We decide whether an object is warm or cold by touching it.
Not so with the Eucharist. We see a circular piece of bread on display in a monstrance. If we were to touch or smell it, it would feel and smell like unleavened bread. Our senses fail us. It takes a sheer act of faith to believe that Jesus is in that monstrance.
It gets a little easier when we remember that Jesus promised to be with us. He said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). The way He remains with us is through the Eucharist, which He instituted during the Last Supper.
Thus, being with Jesus is the main reason to attend Eucharistic Adoration. Come visit Jesus at his earthly home. Sit in the chapel or church and have a conversation with him, like you would with a friend. You cannot get closer to Jesus by your own actions in this life other than through the Blessed Sacrament.
More Benefits of Adoration
There are other benefits to attending Adoration:
- Each moment you spend in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament increases Christ’s divine life in you and deepens your relationship with God. Think of your human relationships. You need to spend time with someone to grow closer to them. The same is true of your relationship with God.
- There is no better way to leave the worries of this world behind than to sit in silent prayer at Adoration and embrace God’s divine peace. In fact, try to leave your phone in the car or put it on silent during Adoration to truly sever your ties with earthly concerns.
- By attending Adoration, you will be showered with God’s grace, which will protect you from sin and evil. Without God’s grace, we are powerless against the world’s temptations. In that sense, Adoration is like a spiritual booster shot.
- At Adoration, you can ask anything of God because He is right there. It’s true, you can always ask anything of God, but you aren’t always just a few feet away from Him in the form of the Blessed Sacrament.
- Each moment that you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament brings God joy and pleasing worship. Adoration is one of the best ways to adore and glorify His goodness.
Most churches offer Adoration times once or twice per week. Some even have a Perpetual Adoration Chapel where you can visit Jesus anytime, day or night.
In a world filled with stress and uncertainty, it’s really comforting to know that Jesus is always in the Blessed Sacrament, waiting for you to come spend some time with Him.