Adoration 101

                                                                   with Paul Ray

The Greatest Gift


“I give praise to You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although You have hidden these things from the wise

and the learned You have revealed them to the childlike.” (St. Matthew 12:25)

On the night of the single greatest event in human history, Jesus Christ, God Himself becoming man, after He had been delivered, was witnessed by only a handful of people. Our Blessed Mother Mary, her spouse Joseph, a few humble shepherds and three magi were the only people to witness the infant Child as He lie hidden from the rest of the world in the cave in Bethlehem. The silence of what just took place must have been deafening; everyone gazing upon this Child in absolute awe, left speechless. So where was everybody else? Shouldn’t the eyes of the entire world have been upon and watching this mighty celestial event?

Like that glorious day so long ago, the rest of the world in our day is too busy, stuck inside the noise and chaos of the world to recognize what’s truly the greatest gift. They miss out on life’s greatest privilege. Never be discouraged when the Adoration Chapel has but only a few people adoring our Lord. Do not be tempted to think that if Jesus was really there the whole world would be there too. Jesus told us that His Father has, “hidden these things from the wise and learned and has revealed them to the childlike.” (Mt. 12:25) What an honor it is, in fact, far more of a distinction it is than any honor this world can bestow on us, is our God, Creator, our Savior, revealing to our hearts the true majesty of Truth and love found in the Blessed Sacrament! Sit with Him in adoration and like the handful of the blessed in Bethlehem who were with Him then, find yourself there too. Let the world do their thing and you do yours! – Paul A. Ray