Jesus in todays’ Gospel says “I am the living bread which came down from heaven”. It’s almost inconceivable to think that at Holy Mass, that living bread becomes once again present. At the words of the consecration Jesus Christ son of God becomes physically present under the form of bread and wine. Then when we receive Holy Communion we become the living tabernacles of our creator. Through Holy Communion we receive from God spiritual nourishment, this helps us in our relationship with God and gives us the strength through the graces received, to avoid sin and live better lives in love of God and in love of our neighbour.
Here at the seminary we have periods of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, this is when the consecrated Host (Jesus Christ present in form of bread) is placed on the altar surrounded by candles. For me this time spent in adoration of the Lord is invaluable, feeling the presence of Jesus so tangibly, being able to spend time with Him in meditation and prayer gives me the strength and resolution to continue on the path to priesthood. Spending time with God who is love personified changes you, it will change the way you think, feel and behave. It will give you a new outlook on life and it will give you the peace that “the world cannot give”. St John Vianney when speaking of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament said
I throw myself at the foot of the Tabernacle like a dog at the foot of his Master.”
‘Behold, my God, I come to adore You, to praise, thank, and love you, and to keep you company with all the Angels.
It saddens me to see adoration of the Blessed Sacrament so poorly attended in many churches these days. So many people complain that church numbers are dropping and the youth are falling away from the faith and yet when the Lord is waiting on the altar there is no one there to spend time with Him. It seems a forgone conclusion that the faith is declining when there is no one practicing it.
I have seen that in parishes that have strong attendance and regular devotion to the Blessed Sacrament numbers have increased and the faith has flourished. So if you are worried about the decline in the faith spend some time with the Lord and see what miracles He can work.