Ave Maria Meditations
To adore Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament is first of all to acknowledge Him truly, really and substantially present therein by the humble sentiment of a lively and spontaneous faith: humbly surrendering our feeble reason to the divinity of this sublime Mystery; asking neither to see or touch, like the unbelieving Apostle, before accepting the truth of Jesus Hostia; merely waiting, to prostrate ourselves at His feet, for the infallible and gentle word of the Church telling us like Saint John the Baptist: “Look, this is the Lamb of God; look, this is he who takes away the sin of the world.”
To adore Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament is to offer Him the sovereign homage of our entire being: of our body by the profoundest respect, of our mind by faith, of our heart by love, or our will by obedience, of all our senses by a worship of the deepest reverence. And that in union with the praise of all the true adorers of Jesus Christ, in union with the adorations of the Church, of the Most Blessed Virgin during her sojourn on earth, and of all the heavenly court which, prostrate before the throne of the Lamb, offers Him its crowns as a homage, saying: “Thou wast slain…thou hast ransomed us with thy blood and given us to God…Power and Godhead, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing are his by right.”
To adore Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament is to adore the greatness and tenderness of His love for man as He prepared, instituted and perpetuated the Divine Eucharist in order to be the undying Victim of salvation, the Heavenly Bread and the consolation of journeying man on earth.
Lastly to adore Jesus Christ in His Sacrament is to make the Divine Eucharist the goal of our life, the final object of our piety, the loving purpose of our virtues and sacrifices. Everything for the greater glory of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament! Such should be the watchword of the entire life of an adorer.
St. Peter Julian Eymard’s Feast Day is August 2nd. He founded the Blessed Sacrament Fathers.