Monday, February 7, 2011

Adoration will heal our Church and thus our nation and thus our world

"The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth," - Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Gospel text (Mk 6:53-56): Having crossed the lake, Jesus and his disciples came ashore at Gennesaret where they tied up the boat. As soon as they landed, people recognized Jesus and ran to spread the news throughout the countryside. Where­­ver He was they brought to him the sick lying on their mats. And wherever He went, to villages, towns or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplace and begged him to let them touch just the fringe of his cloak. And all who touched him were cured.

How open are you to the presence of God in your life?

Imagine that you live over two thousand years ago. While at work one day, word quickly spreads that Jesus, a man who has been known to heal the sick and befriend the unaccepted, has tied up his boat and is in Gennesaret. Upon hearing this, the people around you, trusting that Jesus will heal them and their loved ones, drop everything and immediately rush to Jesus. Would you rush to Jesus? Would you trust that he could heal you of your ills and help you through your struggles?

Often times, I find that I put on a tough face and try to keep my struggles to myself (“I can handle it!”). I ought to learn from the example of the people of Gennesaret. No matter how strong I may be, I need to turn to Jesus and accept his constant love.

Take a few moments to pray about what in your life needs Jesus’ touch. What have you been struggling with? What is weighing on your heart? Through faith, you will be healed.

Today, Jesus is no longer literally tying his boat up along the shores. We cannot touch his cloak and be healed. In my opinion, however, Jesus is far more present now than he was when he was alive. Jesus can be found nearly everywhere, if we look closely enough. It’s easy to be caught up in the busyness of life. However, if we all were to slow down, we might just see Jesus in each other and in life itself.

help me to be open to your presence.
Help me to slow down and recognize you in my daily life.

How open are you to the presence of God in your life?

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