The Relationship Between the Holy Mass and Adoration
We move ahead in Pope (Emeritus) Benedict XVI’s 2007 Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist (Sacramentum Caritatis ¶66) and shall touch upon the intrinsic relationship between celebration and adoration. This is precisely the heart of these articles; as a way to help elevate the mind and heart to the reality that Jesus is with us, really, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament and how we can increase our relationship with Him in order to live an authentically free and happy life.
Right off the bat the Holy Father reminds us that “receiving the Eucharist means adoring Him whom we receive.” During the liturgy (the Mass) we become one with Him and are given a foretaste of the heavenly liturgy. Eucharistic adoration outside of Holy Mass prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the liturgical celebration itself. This should be underscored. If the liturgy bring us our Savior and unites us with Him and to our heavenly homeland, the very place for which we were created, we can easily see why the Church emphasizes this and proclaims that it’s the source and summit of our Christian faith.
Pope Benedict then states the very thing which all Catholics need to know in order to live a fulfilling Catholic life, he says, “Only in adoration can a profound and genuine reception mature.” If we want to grow to be mature Christians, adoration is the way. Just like any earthly relationship, if we expect it to grow, mature and increase in love, both parties must take the time and make the sacrifice to spend a lot of time with one another. They must communicate and on its most elevated level, become one with one another through the Sacrament of Matrimony. He continues, “… and it is precisely this personal encounter with the Lord that then strengthens the social mission contained in the Eucharist, which seeks to break down not only the walls that separate the Lord and ourselves, but also and especially the walls that separate us from one another.”
Our entire Catholic Christian faith depends on how much we cling to the One who gave all for us and remaining obedient, through authentic love, to Him. The liturgy and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are the avenues we use to intensify our Christian life. We learn here how to fall in love with Him.
NEXT WEEK: The practice of Eucharistic Adoration itself