In Exodus chapter 3, Moses encountered God at the burning bush. At first, he saw this as fascinating and marvelous then God spoke to him saying “Do not come near! Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground (5). Afterward, Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God. This is key. Not that Moses was afraid, as in spooked, but he knew his sinfulness before the holiness of God. That’s a reoccurring thing in the Bible with many characters like Isaiah or Peter.
God’s command is important. His presence radically changes the normal mundane to a sacred place. I like how Jesus does that, changes the ordinary to holy. He does that to us too. Changing us from sinners, to actually saving us from sin to help us become perfect.
This got me thinking about the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle or exposed during Eucharistic Adoration. Jesus’ real presence is made available for us to genuflect, offer prayer, reverence, and devotion to. When we walk into a church, no longer are we in a worship space or a faith community, but we really have Jesus in our midst.
Since he is the principal figure of Christianity, the Eucharist is also the source and summit of our faith life (CCC, 1324). I enjoy walking into the Sacrament of Penance and noticing people sitting silently in communion in the mysterious presence of love in Eucharistic worship. This is encouraged by the Church (CCC, 1380) and has been practiced for centuries.
Overall, the aim is to realize that we’re not in normal space but in a sacred place. When we enter a church with the tabernacle, our hearts should be oriented to contemplation, love, and sheer appreciation for the sacramental presence of love. The Eucharist changes our reality and helps us become fixated on the future of eternity with God.
As a new Catholic, this is something I’m wanting to practice more. Not only Eucharistic Adoration but simply the changed mindset that comes along with it. Nearly every time that I’ve seriously meditated before the sacred host, God has opened me to new depths of appreciation for Jesus. My area of improvement is to not flood my Eucharistic worship with millions of things, my scrupulosity sometimes does that (which is a whole other topic), but rather focus on the core, Jesus and his outpouring of love.
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