Sacrifice in Jesus’ time was part of the Jewish tradition. Jews would make trips to the temple with money, harvest and animals to pay homage to God as a show of their faith. And, they believed God would reward their faith and sacrifice. Abraham was even willing to sacrifice his son to assure God of his devotion.
Following in this tradition, Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf so God would reward all of us with his forgiveness for original sin.
With his sacrifice, God opened the gates of heaven for us and is now waiting for us to come to him. He waits for us to follow our catholic, christian teachings and devote ourselves to him. Jesus is waiting for us.
How fortunate we are to have his presence in the Eucharist and the opportunity to repeat his sacrifice within every Mass. The bread and wine becomes His body and blood.
“And, he is waiting for us. He is waiting for us to come to him within the Mass and we also have the opportunity to go to him at Eucharistic Exposition. He wants us to come to him. He waits for our little Acts of faith, adoration, love, thanksgiving, repentance, reparation and charity that we can offer Him as we contemplate — His Divine Majesty — in the Blessed Sacrament. (Pope John Paul II)
St. Alphonsus wrote: “Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the Sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us. The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: By not only celebrating the Eucharist, but also by praying before It outside of Mass, we are enabled to make contact with the very wellsprings of Grace …”
You get a full understanding of the presence of Christ as you see others honor him as well. Priests during their ordination lay prostrate on the floor devoting themselves to the Eucharist. People bow in reverence to the tabernacle after entering the church recognizing the presence of Jesus. Older people will make a painstaking effort to kneel on both knees knowing they are showing God their devotion to his very presence.
We invite you to join us at Eucharistic Exposition because Jesus is waiting for you. He wants a deeper relationship with you. You can meditate on the things most important to you, if only for a brief hour, sitting in the quiet, separated from the rest of the world. Jesus is there for you.
During Eucharistic Exposition, the church is quiet. Parishioners who sit quietly with you are all focused on the altar looking on God’s presence on display. Rosaries are being prayed and bibles are being read. Some people sit in quiet meditation thinking about their life or their day, their loved ones, their blessings and the challenges in their lives while others may reflect on the past Sunday’s gospel and sermon.
Regardless, Jesus is waiting for us and when you go to him you are recognizing his sacrifice for us, sacrificing time for him and giving your Full devotion to him.
Join us at Eucharistic Exposition to renew your faith in God’s presence; Thursday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM with Sacrament of Reconciliation 5:30 to 6:00 and Benediction is at 6:45 PM, Also, Eucharistic Exposition is Saturday 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM