Sunday, 14 June 2009

Come, let us worship

A very happy feast day of Corpus Christi to everybody. We celebrated a beautiful First Holy Communion this morning in St Brigid's, while Fr James led the Thanksgiving Mass at Christ the King for their First Holy Communion children. Don't forget the special Mass this Friday 7.30 at St B's for those who spend time in adoration - and everybody else! This year we are marking the beginning of the Year of the Priesthood.
After Vatican II there was, rightly, a great emphasis on the celebration of the Mass, as opposed to the abiding Presence of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. However, I am of the opinion that this sometimes has led to a misunderstanding of the role and importance of Eucharistic Adoration. As with our loved ones, sometimes we are "active" - we celebrate, embrace, chat, journey and so on. Sometimes, however, we just sit quietly, with no needs for words, just being present to one another. In fact, isn't that a test of love, when we feel perfectly comfortable in just "being"? In Adoration Jesus is really present to us - can we do likewise?

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