Accompanying Jesus: Jesus loves you! Jesus has invited you! Could you come and adore Him?

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I am neither a theologian nor a clergy, but I firmly believe that Jesus is hidden in the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus loves me and He loves you, too. He is thirsting for our love. I have the following 10 reasons to motivate myself to organize perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the parish (it’s my ideal). Every single reason is strong enough to enable this great event take place :-

(1) “Could you not watch just one hour with Me??(Mt. 26:40) God gives us 24 hrs, can you return just 1 hour to God? Jesus dies for us on the cross, are we willing to be with Him for 1 hour? If each of us would be willing to spend just 1 hour to keep Jesus company, then each hour is covered so that Jesus is never left alone. This will make Him happy. To implement perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in parish is my ideal. We may not be possible to do it every day but at least we can start doing it every week.

(2) Scripture says that Jesus was worried and prayed overnight (Mt 26:38). Between midnight to 6 a.m. are the most difficult hours to find parishioners accompany Jesus. Whoever is willing to take one of these difficult hours, will be blessed ten times as much for doing so because God cannot be outdone in generosity. When we are generous with God, He is ten times more generous with us.

(3) Jesus asked His disciples, “Will you also go away??(Jn 6:67) Hope you can answer like Peter did, “Lord, to whom shall we go??(Jn 6:68) Jesus is calling you in the Blessed Sacrament. Are you willing to stay for a while?

(4) “Come to Me all you who are weary and are burdened, and I will refresh you.?(Mt 11:28) To express your love for Jesus is to adore Him in the Blessed Sacrament. If you are stressed in life, come close to Jesus, He can make you feel better.

(5) When you are scared, worried, lonely or upset, there’s no better solution than to be with Jesus.
“Cast all your anxiety upon the Lord who cares for you.?(1Pt. 5:7)
“Fear is useless. What is needed is trust.?(Mk 5:36)
“My peace is my Gift to you.?(Jn 14:17)

Just sit and relax and enjoy the sweet peace that come from simply being with the One who loves you the most. If you are deeply in love with someone, don’t you want to be with him/her forever?

(6) “Let the children come to Me.?(Lk 18:16) I hope parents can come with their children so as to obtain blessings from Jesus and facilitate their spiritual growth.

(7) “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive all glory, honour, and praise.?(Rev 5:12) Adoration is saying”thank you”to Jesus. Without doubt, Jesus deserves our adoration. Each holy hour you make with Jesus draws the whole world and everybody in the world closer to Jesus. “If I am lifted up, I will draw all men to Myself.?(Jn 12:32) Thus Pope John Paul II began perpetual adoration in his chapel at the Vatican on December 2nd 1981. His greatest prayer and desire for the whole Church was that every parish throughout the world establishes perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

(8) A chapel of perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is an image of the outstretched arms and boundless mercy of the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son. It seems impossible to open the chapel for 24 hrs but if we are willingly to do so, with God, all things are possible. A parish should be a house of welcome to all. Where there is one or more of us in prayer at all times gives witness to the Real Presence of Jesus among us. “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all people.?(Is 56:7)

(9) During the Eucharistic Adoration, we could pray the Holy Rosary. In this way we unite with the perfect love of Mary to make Jesus happy. You could also read the Bible or simply look up to Him and speak to Him heart to Heart. Jesus is our very best friend who dies for us. There is no love on earth greater than that. “I have loved you with an everlasting love, and constant is My affection for you.?(Jer 31:3)

(10) When the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus like a dove and a voice from Heaven saying, “This is My Beloved Son,?(Mt 3 :17) Through perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, an unbroken chain of parishioners coming to be with Jesus tells the world that Jesus is truly here. This parish will be renewed because He fulfills His promise. “See I make all things new!?(Rev 21:5)

And so, brothers and sisters, can you think of the 11th reason? Let’s adore Jesus together.

May God bless you!

“Do not be confirmed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God ?what is good and acceptable and perfect.?(Romans 12:2)

President of Legion of Mary,
Chinese Catholic Mission, Montreal
March 8, 2008.