Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Down In Adoration Falling

Last night I had the opportunity to attend Eucharistic adoration with a small group of friends. While we were worshiping the Lord I had a vision. 

It was like we were at the seashore only in place of the sea was the monstrance and each of us in attendance were like buckets with small holes in them. Angels were going going back and forth from the monstrance to each of us. They would gather up grace that was flowing from the Body of our Lord like water pouring forth from the monstrance then bring that grace to each of us and pour it into our buckets. As we received the grace it flowed out through the holes and over the tops of the buckets wetting the sand around us. The angels kept going back & forth and were so full of joy in their task as if they were competing with each other to see who could fill their person's bucket the most.

Tonight I was reading from Benedict XVI's Apostolic Exhortation, Sacramentum caritatas, on the Eucharist. He writes:
"Indeed, only in adoration can a profound and genuine reception [of the Eucharist] mature. And it is precisely this personal encounter with the Lord that then strengthens the social mission contained in the Eucharist, which seeks to break down not only the walls that separate the Lord and ourselves, but also and especially the walls that separate us from one another." (#66)
I think that's a perfect interpretation of the vision I had. As we spend time in adoration for the Blessed Sacrament, personally encountering the Risen Lord, we are filled with grace that we cannot contain within ourselves but that flows out from us to the places we find ourselves: work, home, community, ministry, etc.