Before the Blessed Sacrament
find ourselves in the Presence of Blessed Sacrament, this is our
intimate encounter with the Lord.
We are before the same Lord who created the Heavens and the Earth, the
same Word of God who became flesh and dwelt among us, the same Jesus
that performed many miracles and who can do more miracles even now if we
trust in Him, Jesus crucified, the one who pleads to the father for the
forgiveness of our sins and says on the cross, and even now if we trust
in Him: solemnly I tell you, you will be with me in Paradise. He is the
bread come down from Heaven to feed our mortal bodies, to strengthen our
mortal lives and to give us eternal life
We find ourselves before the gate of Heaven, the bridge between God and
men, the door to Paradise, the fountain of living water, the point
between death and eternal life. We are before the open heart of Jesus,
who loved us so much that He died for our sins, who is truly here
waiting for our love, He is anxiously waiting for us to surrender to
Him, He wants to empty His infinite love and mercy in our hearts.
Let us recline our heads on Jesus’ bosom as John the beloved disciple
did in the last supper.
We come to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament continuing the adoration
that we give Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Jesus is truly present with us
confirming His words
“I will be with you until
the end of times”
Adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is to accept the Word of God,
Emmanuel, God with us. When we adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament we
are keeping company to his body in the sepulcher, we are venerating the
broken body of Jesus crucified who died for our sins.
The heart of Jesus is open for us here now, so that we can enter Him; so
let us open our hearts that He may enter us too.
We find ourselves before Jesus crucified, torn to pieces for our sins.
Let us come to Him with a humble and contrite heart. Let us promise Him
that we rather die than to offend Him. Every time that we sin we renew
his passion, Jesus is constantly offended by the whole world, let us
offer our adoration in reparation for all those wounds that we inflict
upon his sacred body.
God fed the Israelites with manna in the desert, He gave them the bread
of angels, but they complained to Moses, they rejected that gift from
God and called it miserable food, therefore the Lord sent fiery serpents
that bit the people, many of them died.
After pleading with Moses for forgiveness, Moses prayed to the Lord, who
told Him, (Numb 21:8-9) Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard;
and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at
it, he will live. And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the
standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he
looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.
Jesus said to Nicodemus, (John 3:14-15) As Moses lifted up the serpent
in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that
whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.
Jesus took upon Himself all the sins of the world, so that we can look
at Him in the same way the Israelites looked at the fiery serpent on the
standard and lived. When we look and contemplate Jesus crucified, we
look at the price of victory of the risen Christ who conquered sin with
grace, who overcame the devil with his holiness and who overcame death
by his resurrection.
Jesus gives us the living bread come down from Heaven, the celestial
manna, the food for our souls. We are free to come to adore Him and
receive Him with adoration otherwise He remains to be despised and
forgotten by so many indifferent souls.
The Holy Eucharist is the heart of the Church, this heart is bleeding
daily for the salvation of the body of Christ, the Church. Without the
Precious Blood of Christ we, the body of Christ would be dead.
The Priest has received the dignity of consecrating the bread and wine
that becomes the body and blood of Jesus in the Holy Mass. The Holy Mass
is the reenactment of the sacrifice of Calvary in an unbloody manner,
Jesus is the victim, the altar and the sacrifice. Jesus said in the last
supper “do this in memory of me”, because He wanted to heal us daily
with His holy sacrifice, since by his holy wounds we are healed, He also
wanted to feed us with His body and blood to strength us with His grace
now, and to purify our souls for eternal life.
People start the new year with new year’s resolutions. One of the most
popular resolutions is to have a healthy body, to start a healthy diet
and to lose weight, since we have a saying “You are what you eat”.
We should have a continuous resolution to have a healthy soul, to eat
the bread of life in a state of grace, to benefit from the Precious
Blood of Jesus that abundantly runs like and endless torrent in the Holy
Eucharist to wash our souls clean and to nourish ourselves for eternal
life. Let us have the food from Heaven with respect and adoration, “You
are what you eat”
God the Father loved the world so much that He sent His only begotten
Son to the world, so that anyone who believes in Him will be saved and
will not perish, He feeds us daily with the bread from Heaven, He wants
us to grow healthy in our spiritual lives and to purify our souls so
that we can become like Him.
“You are what you eat”, (1 John 3:2) Dear friends, now we are children
of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know
that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as
Lord Jesus, we believe that you are truly present in Blessed Sacrament,
grant us the grace to receive the Holy Eucharist always in a state of
grace, help us to live in your Presence. Make us more and more like you,
transform us into you, sanctify us, make us a living chalice of your
Precious Blood, a living host of your Grace, Love, Mercy and Salvation,
a living tabernacle of your Eucharistic Presence, a Sun of your light,
an image of your Holiness. Wash us with your most Precious Blood and
imprint your most holy wounds upon our souls. Divine Lord, we bless your
Most Holy humanity, imprint it upon our humanity and heal us through the
merits of your Most Holy Wounds. Make us one with You.
Joseph of Jesus
Prayer of adoration to the Blessed Sacrament