The beauty of Eucharistic Adoration is its simplicity and its proximity to Jesus. It is simple in that one sits or kneels before the Blessed Sacrament. It is proximate because each person comes into the Real Presence of our Lord and Savior.

There is an intimacy of that moment. It is as if Christ is just there for you. Whether one is alone or in a stadium of 25 thousand teens, the Eucharist exposed in adoration has power and beauty.

I can still remember going to the Adoration Vigil every Holy Thursday night after the Mass of the Last Supper. My father and I would go the appointed hour for last names beginning with M. Usually that was around 2:00 a.m. We kept vigil before the Blessed Sacrament  until 3:00 when the next letter group would spell us. I found those moments to be touching and spell binding.

I have also the power and majesty of that moment when the whole Lucas Stadium in Indy falls silent. 25 thousands teens who earlier were cheering and dancing around the stage now are dead silent. They are in awe and prayer before the Precious Body of Our Lord Jesus.

Adoration prayer is a mystery unto itself. It is well worth the experience and has the ability to transform and transport us to the realms of divine encounters.

Dear Friends in Christ at Holy Spirit and St. Helen’s,

If you ever wondered what is Advent all about, you need only to look at today’s Gospel reading from St. Luke. What a touching story about two women, both are pregnant, both are filled with the Holy Spirit, though they are far apart in years both are new to this whole experience of being with child.

The interplay between these two faith filled women speaks to the experience in which each of us are invited every Advent season. They recognize the God is at work in their very bodies. The Holy Spirit is stirring them into action. Joy is expressed and a sense of completeness pervades their encounter. They trusted that the Lord’s word to them would be fulfilled. They said yes and accepted God’s request that they allow God to work through them to make our world a better place.

Christmas is just days away. Are we ready? Have we truly prepared ourselves to receive the gift of God’s Son into our lives? Are we willing to be interments of God’s grace to the world in which we live? Christmas is far more than presents under a tree. It is more an exchange of cards, gifts and well wishes. Are we willing to embrace the full meaning of Christmas allowing ourselves to be infused with the grace and love that Mary and Elizabeth exchanged during their brief visit?

You see Advent is all about searching for the joy God wishes to share with us. It is about our efforts to welcome God into our lives so that God’s grace can act within us. Advent is about vigilance in making provisions to assist others who are in need. Advent is about the energy we radiate to bring Christmas closer to ourselves but even importantly to others.

We do have a few more days. We can be ready to welcome the Christ into our lives. We can come together like Mary and Elizabeth to celebrate the work God has begun in us.

May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas! May the Angels blessings of peace, become a source of joy for you!!!

Fr. Tom