Jesus may not need our adoration, but He asked for it

Jesus may not need our adoration, but He asked for it

My fraying life outside the Church snapped back into focus during a chance encounter with Eucharistic Adoration. I’d been driving down a street with the windows open and heard the noontime bells ring as I passed a church. Obeying an impulse I decided to stop in and maybe light a candle.

When I entered the church I saw the altar, alive with candles, and the gleaming monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament. “Oh, they do Adoration here,” I thought, with something like joy bubbling up inside me. I fell to my knees before the Presence and simply, quietly adored for what I thought was five minutes. When I rose and looked at the clock, an hour had passed, and I was a Catholic once more, looking forward to making my confession and participating in the life of the Church.

Jesus may not have needed my adoration, but I sure needed the consolation and instruction inherent in his Presence, and his Light, that day and almost every week since then. Well, maybe [he did not need it], but he asked for it—“Could you not keep watch with me one hour?” (Matt 26:40)—which suggests that on some level he wants our quiet companionship.

In 2016, Pope Francis—who also makes a point of publicly going to confession in order to encourage the faithful in this practice—identified Eucharistic Adoration as one of three ways to better know Christ:

“One cannot know the Lord without the habit of adoring, of adoring in silence. I believe—if I am not mistaken—that this prayer of adoration is the least known among us; it is the one we engage in the least. To waste time—if I may say it—before the Lord, before the mystery of Jesus Christ. To adore, there in the silence, in the silence of adoration. He is the Lord and I adore Him.”

Elizabeth Scalia, Jesus may not need our adoration, but He asked for it
Excerpted from Word on Fire, October 10, 2019