O Come, Let Us Adore Him!
Merry Christmas, everyone! Still! Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, commemorating the visit of the Magi to the Child Jesus. Can you imagine how strange it must have seemed to Mary and Joseph when these strange astrologer kings entered the place where the Holy Family was staying? And how much more strange when they knelt down in adoration before Jesus! The Church Fathers saw this as the first indication in the life of Jesus that he came not just for the Jewish people, but indeed for all the nations, Jewish or not. It reminds us that prayer and adoration are not just for the pietate, the most pious and holiest people in the community, but rather, that all of us are invited, whether we seem to fit the type or not, to come before the Lord.
The greatest treasure that Jesus has given us is the gift of his own Body and Blood in the Eucharist. We experience this gift regularly on Sundays, but there are so many other opportunities that the Church gives us here! Personally speaking, my life was changed when I started to go to Daily Mass in the seminary. Going on Sundays is fantastic, but going during the week opens up a completely different view of things. When I started to see the ebb and flow of the scriptures and the saints, I realized how deep and beautiful this faith of ours really is. I would invite you to consider trying out Daily Mass for a week or two, just to experience it. You might be surprised how much it can make a difference. Oh, and it’s generally only 25 minutes!
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament also offers us the opportunity to pray in the real presence of the Lord, just as the Magi did. We are so blessed to be able to offer all-day adoration on Wednesdays at St. Michael’s, with a special blessing ceremony called “benediction” at the end of the day. However, to show the due respect for Jesus, we really should have at least two people present at all times. We have struggled with this recently, so if you have an hour free on Wednesdays, please consider offering some of that to the Lord.
With both of these things, it can be easy to convince ourselves that we don’t “fit the type” of the kind of person who goes to Daily Mass or Adoration, but again, if there’s one thing that the Magi show us at the Epiphany, it’s that Jesus doesn’t have a “type.” It may feel a little strange at first, but these two ways of praying might change your life!