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Adoration is to convey great love and affection to a friend for his sacrifices towards a better you. It is the constant reflection of the beauty of life courtesy of that person.
I have heard expressions like – “If it were not for my mother, father, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, friend; I wouldn’t be where I am today!”
The depth of the relationship is etched in your memory like that wedding ring that you have to set your eyes on, uncountable times as you use your hands.
If my best friend calls out on me right now, I would stop writing this article and head straight to her aid. That is how deeply I value our friendship.
Everything else can wait.
Going beyond worship
To adore Christ is quite different from adoring a person. Christ’s invisible nature makes His adoration unique.
Come to think of this; before the death of Christ, people had a one on one with Him.
Do you want to know how they adored Christ?
In the Gospels of Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9 and John 12:1-11, a woman poured expensive perfume on the head of Jesus.
The disciples thought it was better to sell the perfume and use the money to help the poor. They were aggrieved at the lady’s gesture.
Jesus calmed the confrontation by stating that the poor will always exist. Christ promised that any time this gospel would be preached anywhere in the world, it would be in memory of that woman.
That is how much Christ can appreciate the little things we do to Him.
Can we distinguish between adoring Christ and helping the needy?
Adoration of the Lord, and stretching out our hands to the poor are two distinct services to God, yet still, run concurrently.
The less fortunate present as someone in need of some support whereas in Christ’s case, He feels good to receive a special ovation for the greatest of all the sacrifices to humanity.
Imagine helping someone without really taking note, and then he states how you played a major role in helping him achieve his goal!
Take this example of appreciation;
I don’t know how to express my gratitude! I lack words for your generosity. Try to imagine what would have happened if you didn’t volunteer to rush my daughter to the hospital? You jumped into your car with your night gear to save my daughter’s life! May you never lack anything.
Although you will appreciate either of the three give-backs, the last has so much weight. It gets to the deepest point of your heart and glues itself there. You’re likely to bless the person back and cheerfully lend a hand again.
Now let’s take it somewhere awesome.
How to adore Christ
First and foremost, Christ was human and therefore presents with all the emotional feelings. He feels honored when we express our gratitude and reciprocates. It is as simple as was received by the woman who poured perfume on Him.
You may have the perfume, but you don’t have a visible Christ next to you.
What do you have?
There are so many beautiful things that you can tell Christ that make Him feel you deep in His heart.
It requires a private session. That is why the church provides Eucharistic Adoration sessions.
Forget about a mere thanks-giving!
Not even asking for forgiveness!
Close the petitions chapter for a moment!
It’s only about adoration.
Now get hold of the tips!
You know pretty well about the passion of Christ; right from the time, He was taken captive until He died. Remind Christ that He did all this for you. Mention them one by one as much as you understand them.
Tell Christ that you appreciate the far He has brought you. Point out the sicknesses, emotional pain, joblessness, childlessness, financial crises, past life, and marital problems that are now part of your history.
Do it with zeal.
Christ is truly present in the Eucharist. He converted himself to bread on the last supper and asked us to receive the bread in memory of Him. Apart from receiving Him during mass, the church has adoration chapels that allow us to spend as much time as we want with Jesus.
I recently discovered some parishes have gone ahead to provide online perpetual adoration. It comes in handy during times of adversity when we cannot access the nearest chapel. You only need to search “adoration live,” on YouTube, and you’ll be lost for choice. Here is one of the links for a quick check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz5gektkF0o.
For me kneeling and praying for a minute or two does not amount to adoration. Making time for Christ seals the deal. What can you give Christ in return if not your time anyway?
What will you tell Christ during adoration and for how long?
When you want to go shopping, and you don’t want to forget anything, you come up with a shopping list.
If you don’t want to leave out any single thing you want to tell Christ, have the list in black and white. Move around with your list and keep updating it.
Alternatively, set aside a private time of say thirty minutes to one hour and just speak them out as they come without any hurry.
I love the first option because it saves time instead of having a session with breaks thinking about what to say next.
All in all, that’s me. Choose what is best for you.
Ready to take up the challenge?
It’s easy, heartwarming, with so much inner peace.
If you ever tried adoration and stopped, it’s time to go back to it.
Start now if you’ve never done it before.
If you want to discover the beauty in harboring the fruits of the Holy Spirit, this is the way to go.
Promises attached to the adoration of Christ
We desire to know what God has to offer in return. Unfortunately, this is beyond our imagination. It varies from person to person.
Continuous adoration slowly broadens our reasoning and gives space to more wisdom. At such an advanced level, we recognize the blessings in our lives no matter how small.
If I have to convince you into adoration using personal examples, I would have to list them down then explain each of them independently from scratch. It’s a whole conglomeration of dots that have to be joined, for anyone to understand.
That will be a book I guess!
Holy Trinity one God, my greatest prayer is that through this adoration, you will grant me the grace to keep mum to the world and open my ears wider for you. Help me not to lean on my understanding, but look up to you during both good and bad times. Go ahead of my thoughts and filter my words and actions to conform to only what you approve of. In Jesus’ name, I pray and believe, Amen.