From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…February 4, 2018

Last week we reflected on Jesus remaining near to us in the Eucharist reserved in the tabernacle. We can, and should, come into the presence of the Lord to spend time with Him, talk with Him, and receive from Him the graces that flow from devotion to His Real Presence.

So that we might engage with the Lord more directly, the Eucharist is often exposed for Adoration. At St. Mary we do this most Wednesdays from the end of Mass until 7 pm. At St. Anthony we have a time for adoration after the Tuesday evening Mass on the first Tuesday of the month. The Trinitarians of Mary have Jesus exposed for Adoration every day, though their chapel is only open to the public during the day. Some churches have the ability to expose Jesus for Perpetual Adoration (24/7 Adoration).

The Eucharist is put into a monstrance and set up so that Jesus is visible throughout the church (chapel, etc.) For the time of Adoration people are scheduled to be with Jesus so that He is never left alone, but anyone can come and spend time with Jesus. When you come, you get to literally look at Jesus right there in front of you. The same Jesus born in Bethlehem, who walked along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, who cured the sick and raised the died, who died Himself and rose again, He is right there in front of you.

Yes, what you see is a piece of unleavened bread but Jesus’ own words confirm for us that the Euch rist really and truly is Him. It is a profound act of faith to spend time with Jesus in Adoration. Though our physical senses do not tell us much, the eyes of faith see the reality. The more we do this, the more we engage this faith, the more we can see and know our Lord present in our midst.

In the Gospels, Jesus calls the disciples to follow Him. He also takes them off apart from the crowds so that they can be alone with Jesus. They have meals together; they spend nights on the Sea of Galilee together; they walk down the dusty roads from one village to the next together. We get to do much the same during adoration. We put ourselves in the presence of Jesus, and we remain with Him.

I know of little better for a life of faith and the development of a spiritual life than to put Jesus in the Eucharist at the center of our lives. After our participation at Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is one of the most valuable spiritual practices we can have. Jesus is there waiting for us. What better place could we be than in His presence looking upon Him with faith and love?

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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