There is a lesser-known fact among practicing Catholics, it is that within the majority of our Catholic parish communities, there is a tabernacle, and inside that tabernacle is Jesus Himself. He waits for souls to come and comfort Him, oftentimes He is left alone and abandoned in churches because people forget that Our Lord is there.
Within our world today, there is little love for God and the things of God. This is particularly true of the Blessed Sacrament. Holy Mother Church teaches that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life (CCC 1324). This truly is Jesus, and we can no longer afford to believe that Catholics know this. Some people may know what the Church teaches on the Most Holy Eucharist but all the while refusing to believe it themselves because they can’t understand it. The Apostles had the same reaction towards the Eucharist after the Bread of Life discourse.
Jesus waits patiently for the faithful to spend time with Him before the Blessed Sacrament. He longs to pour out His love on those who respond to His call of love with love in return. Are we willing to believe that Jesus loves us so much that he would allow Himself to be confined to a tabernacle and remain sacramentally present within our parishes purely out of love for His people? God is calling each one of us to spend time with Him in humble Adoration, will we answer His call?
We live in an age of distraction, this statement should come as no surprise to people because it’s true. All of us get distracted and this is particularly true when it comes to our common problem of digital technology. Wouldn’t it be great to take a break from social media platforms and disconnect yourself from all of these companies that are constantly vying for your attention? Jesus wants to show you that He is truly the one who can heal our society, and he can heal us as individuals as well. The Lord cares about His people more than we care about ourselves.
The reason why I bring up the distracted nature of our ever-increasingly technological society is that we all struggle with the same things in today’s digital age and I am no exception. I can find myself going online and not even knowing what I’m doing there in the first place. This land of entertainment and distraction has been one of the contributing factors leading to people forgetting about what’s most important in life. Mainly that God wants to have an intimate relationship with each one of us. He wants us to love Him deeply and to come to know the deep recesses of His Sacred Heart. God loves us perfectly and is not trying to use His people for anything other than love. The Lord has created us to love and to be loved in return, and the only proper response to perfect love is to love Him in return. Oftentimes Jesus offers us His love in the Blessed Sacrament and He is left with indifference because people don’t know that this is truly Jesus dwelling in the tabernacles of Catholic churches. So what are we going to do? Will we choose to thank God for the gift of the Holy Eucharist and ask Him to help us have faith in the Eucharist? Answer His call. He’s waiting for you.
The article was written by: Br. Athanasius Mary of the Knights of the Holy Eucharist