God Had Other Plans for Me
Eucharistic Adoration, A Father’s Love
The definition of Adoration is deep love and respect; worship, veneration. God instills in us the ability to adore Him, but sadly only 9% of all Catholics believe in His true presence. Despite this, Jesus/God is always calling us to Him.
The process of this calling of Christ can be quick or it may take some time. As for me, it took a lot of time but it was well worth it. As a non-Catholic, rebellious teen in the 60’s, with the depression era, World War II vet father, we were two worlds trying to occupy the same space. God had other plans for me. Despite our differences, God would take us fishing every week. With few words said between us (and even fewer fish caught) God brought us to this quiet time for my dad and me, and over time our love for each other grew. It was in an odd way God adoring us to show me how to love Him.
As I sit be before the Eucharist Jesus is calling me to rest with Him in that quiet place (Mk 6:30-31).
Getting to know Jesus in Adoration, brought me to the point that Simon Peter experienced at Caesarea Philippi (Mt 16:13-17). Adoration becomes that safe place Jesus takes us to learn to know Him, give us confidence in His love for us as we grow more and more in love with Him. We may never know how to express that Agape love for Him, but Adoration allows you and me to experience that Agape love He has for us.
Pope Benedict XVI said that we should reflect the face of Christ to all we meet; by God’s grace through getting to know and love Christ in Adoration, we can and will reflect the face of Christ in our actions and kerygma.
What effect has 22 years of Adoration had on OLPH parish?
I am reminded of Matthew 5: 13-16 “You are the salt of the earth…. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put itunder a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.” In the 22 years our parish has had Eucharistic Adoration, we have experienced a metanoia, a beautiful blooming of souls. We have changed. Our personal lights have toppled over countless bushels, that they might shine more brightly. We have over the years seen an incredible opening to the workings and promptings of the Holy Spirit among our faithful. Our parish has become alive. Our faith has moved from our heads to our hearts. We have become salt and light, serving and loving each other as family and reaching out beyond our parish to those in need. We can only imagine what kind of fruit will be born from more hours of Eucharistic Adoration in the years to come.
What can coming to Adoration do for you personally? The same thing. Transformation. Come to Jesus in the Eucharist in Adoration. He is calling you to enter the chapel where He waits for you. Are you worried about family members? Bring their intentions to Jesus in the Eucharist and release your worries to Him. Are you exhausted? Are you weary? Come and rest a while with the God Who Loves you more than you can imagine. Are you troubled with anxieties, worries, fears, or sadness? Come to sit with the King of Love and let Him do His work in you. Give Him those anxieties, worries and fears and let Him transform you. Let Him fill you with deep newfound trust, hope, surrender, and peace. He wants your burdens. He wants to transform your heart. Are you tired of the endless noise of the world? Here in the chapel, silence reigns. Let Him draw you into the silence, into His Healing, into His intimate Love. He waits for you.