PASTOR’S REFLECTION FOR JANUARY 7, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. The Magi went in search of Jesus to worship this newborn King. The star led them to the manger where they worshipped Him and gave their gifts. Today we can find Jesus in many ways: in Scripture, in those in need and especially in the Eucharist. This year you may want to consider coming to the present day manger, the monstrance that contains Jesus, and spend time in worship.

I came across this article in The Word Among Us that gives a reflection of St. Catherine Labouré on Eucharistic Adoration.

Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself in the presence of our good Lord, and I say to Him, “Lord, I am here. Tell me what you would have me to do.” And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart. I tell Him about my pains and my joys, and then I listen. If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen. God always speaks to you when you approach Him plainly and simply.

St. Catherine describes spending time relaxed and comfortable in Jesus’ presence in the Blessed Sacrament. She brought Him her concerns and needs. But she also sat and listened to Him. She was a lot like the psalmist’s tree, quietly absorbing the constant flow of life. We can do it too. Eucharistic adoration provides a time set apart from our everyday responsibilities. It’s a time to listen, learn, and absorb. Beyond pouring out our concerns, we simply sit in His presence. We enjoy Him.

Try this the next time you are able to go to adoration: sit with Jesus with no particular agenda. Enjoy His company. Soak in the peace of those moments set apart for Him. If you find your mind wandering, you might want to try to imagine that tree near streams of water. The more time you spend with Jesus, the more comfortable you will become, and the easier you’ll find it to sense His presence and hear His voice.

So go! Rest by the water and absorb those nourishing, healthy waters.

We do have times that are in need of coverage for Adoration. There is a listing of available times in the bulletin on page 4. If you are able to make a commitment, you may call the rectory.

I will be available for confession this week on Monday, January 8, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,