Why Spend Your Money for What is Not Bread?
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,
“Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what fails to satisfy? Heed me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare.”
Our Lord Jesus invites us to come to Him for nourishment. We could look to many sources for satisfaction, but only the infinite and almighty God can truly satisfy the infinite yearnings of our deepest selves. We, the Body of Christ on Earth, the Church, have the only real source of joy and hope, and our world desperately needs Him. The Eucharist is this hope—the foretaste and promise of the heavenly banquet.
If you are anxious, if you have troubles, if you need to feel God’s presence in your life, come to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We have made Eucharistic Adoration a priority at St. Henry’s, and you can come any time 9-5 Monday through Friday, and on Tuesdays we even extend Adoration through the night. You can come and spend some quality one-on-One time with Jesus. The church is very large, and you can have as much space to yourself as you like. I used to go up in the choir loft at the seminary for my adoration time. It gave me a separation from the world (and the distractions of other people) that allowed me to focus on Jesus. Each of us is different, and we will want to speak to Jesus in our own way, but we can all benefit from spending time with Him.
Don’t worry about what you will say to Him; let Him speak to your heart. I can recommend a number of good books to feed your contemplation in front of the Blessed Sacrament, but these are just tools to start the conversation. In the words of St. Teresa of Avila, “Remember first the dignity of Him Whom you address.” If you acknowledge Jesus as really, truly, substantially present in the Eucharist, then just being in His Presence will feed your soul. We can easily fall into the trap of wanting to do all the talking in our conversation with Him, starved as we are for intimacy with other persons, but He is the superior in our relationship, and we are much better off listening in silence.
Jesus wants to feed us. His Eucharistic Presence is the primary way He accomplishes this. If we are not able to receive Him in Holy Communion at Mass, we can at least come into His Presence and adore Him. This quality time with our Beloved Lord increases the grace we receive when we are able to receive Him bodily. How blessed we are to have our Lord and God present in our churches, always here for us, ready to satisfy our deepest needs.
Peace in Christ,
Father Matthew Kuhn