My apologies for my blogs being a bit shorter these days. School is back in session, and it is taking up most of my time. I am sure that, if you are a teacher, you are sympathetic!
This week’s thought is on Eucharistic Adoration. There is no better place to find your vocation, no better place to do discernment, than in front of the Eucharist. The Priest is most completely a Priest when he says the words, “This is My Body”. The Priest is, at that moment in time, a real-time Mediator. He is bringing Jesus to the people, and in a sense bringing the people to Jesus. A Priest’s life is inseparable from the Eucharist. It is the center of the life of any holy Priest.
When we adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, we are also adoring the Priestly Ministry that made Jesus Present. In order for us to have Jesus in our midst through the Sacrament, we must also have the Sacrament of Holy Orders. With the Priesthood of Jesus Christ living in the lives of the Church’s Priests, we have close intimacy with God. God is not just a Savior on high, or a holy man from the Sacred Scriptures, or the One who will come again, but He is with us today. He really is our Daily Bread. He really is with us always. We must access His Presence with deep faith. But this faith called for by the Eucharist deepen our faith in God’s invisible Presence in every other part of our lives as well.
Yes, when you and I kneel down in front of a Tabernacle or a Monstrance, we are also kneeling down in front of the ministry of a Priest. And I do not say that with a sense of triumphalism, but with a sense of awe and reverence at the gift of Priesthood, that of sarificial love. It is the same love of the Eucharist, the love of the Cross. If a man wants to discover if the Priestly vocation is in His mind and heart, he can go to no better place than the Church, and kneel before the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. There, he can listen for whether the voice of the Savior desires him to be in the pews in adoration, or approach the altar to offer the Most Blessed Sacrament.
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