Saturday, November 05, 2005

Word from Adoration

Yesterday I had a client come in last second to have a problem resolved. Working on his laptop problem put me five hours behind schedule for a server prep that I needed to do. I ended up working until past midnight last night to get the necessary work done. This morning at 9:00 is the time I am to deliver and install the server and configure a new network for our client.

So, when I came home last night, I made a deal with the Lord. You wake me up, and I will come and see you in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Meanwhile, I had turned off my alarms! Guess what? The alarm went off anyway! When I realized what was going on, I thought I would go back to sleep, but, He placed an intense yearning to come and see Him on my heart. So, off I went.

While sitting with Him, the word that came was, "I am the intersection of Heaven and Earth".

When we visit Him in the Most Blessed Sacrament, we are sitting in front of the "door to heaven" (paraphrase of John 10:9). It is possible, by grace, for us to step through that door in this life. It is also possible for us to open ourselves to the Love of the Father that flows back to us through that door.

Two saints that come immediately to mind who experienced walking through that door in this life and being fully open to the Love of the Father, are St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila. Their experiences of the divine and of intimacy with the divine permeate their writings.

We are truly blessed to have such a simple and straight-forward way for us to experience heaven through Jesus Christ present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

The more time we spend with Him in the Most Blessed Sacrament, the more sensitive we become to His presence or lack thereof around us. By taking a disciplined approach, that is making a point to regularly visit Him (especially for those of us lay folk who have somewhat crazy schedules) we can discover anew the amazing gift we receive in Communion during the celebration of the Mass. "It is the Lord!" we exclaim with St. Thomas! (John 20:28)

When we spend time with Him in Adoration, we can discover so much about the spiritual and physical intimacy of receiving Him in the Eucharist. After all, it is indeed His Body and Blood that we receive, it is Him! (John 6:35-59, especially v. 54-56)

We can discover that the Lord is filling that space within us, the void if you will, that can only be filled by Him. This will bring a deep and lasting peace, and most especially a joy knowing that I am truly His Temple!

Lord Jesus, bless us with a yearning to spend time with You in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Teach us how to give you all of our worries, cares, and distractions while we spend time with you. Help us to come to silence within so that we can learn to listen for the whisper of Your voice. Teach us how to endure during the most arid moments, and to remain anchored in You when we receive consolation. Teach us to carry Your Presence within us to our brothers and sisters in desperate need of You.

Thank You Jesus for the awesome gift of Your presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Thank You for placing a yearning in us to deepen our relationship with You. Thank You Jesus for Your Love!!!

Pax vobis,


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