O how blessed are we, Catholics!

Posted: October 16, 2010 by piusranson in Uncategorized

The Chinese has this saying, “身在福中不知幅 ” which is, “Living amidst blessings without knowing the blessings!”

I was asking Cara for the translation for the above and here’s how she explains the chinese saying:

“It means that from young, you grew up in all blessings possible but you don’t know and you neglect and fail to appreciate them. Not everybody has the same privilege as you do to have these blessings!”

Indeed!

Our dear Protestant brothers and sisters long for Jesus but cannot see him or experience the tangible presence of Jesus on earth. We, Catholics, get to opportunity to see him everyday in the Blessed Sacrament. What a great privilege! But often, we take this privilege for granted.

Jesus Christ, for the love of Mankind, died on the cross for us. At every Mass, Jesus humbled himself, into his tiny piece of host, we call, the Eucharist. Does Jesus, our Lord and God, need to do that? Of course he doesn’t need to but he did that for the love of his people, the love of the human race. It’s a gift that many times, we fail to appreciate.

He, who for the love of us, is willing to lock himself up, like a prisoner, in the tabernacle. The tabernacle which may even be left alone. We are leaving God, our creator alone?

He, who for the love of us, is willing to make himself present immediately at the words of consecration by a man, the Priest.

“What? Could you not watch one hour with me?” (St. Matthew 26:40)

This is Jesus, not just speaking to Peter but to everyone of us. Have we spent time with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, lately? If Jesus is Singaporean, his “What?”, pretty rude huh! =P

How awesome is it to bask not in the sun, but in the Holy Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!

Personally, my two favourite adoration chapels are the one in the Carmelite Church of Sts. Peter and Paul and the one at Church of St. Mary of the Angels.

The one at St. Mary’s is unique because the monstrance is enclosed within metal grilles in the middle of the adoration chapel and it always remind me of how Jesus en-prisoned himself for us.

St. Faustina to Jesus hidden in the Blessed Sacrament:

“I adore You, Lord and Creator, hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I adore You for all the works of Your hands, that reveal to me so much wisdom, goodness and mercy, O Lord.

You have spread so much beauty over the earth and it tells me about Your beauty, even though these beautiful things are but a faint reflection of You, incomprehensible Beauty.

And although You have hidden Yourself and concealed your beauty, my eye, enlightened by faith, reaches You and my souls recognizes its Creator, its Highest Good, and my heart is completely immersed in prayer of adoration.”

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