Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This week as I was praying in front of the blessed sacrament, I came across this passage from a book that really touched me. It’s a message from Jesus to the person he was speaking to. Here it is:
“I am here-really present- available to you at any hour of the day or night. I wait for you. I want to listen to the cares and preoccupations that you carry like a heavy burden. Give them all to Me. Trust in Me and I will act. I have told you this before: for Me nothing is insignificant. No detail of your life is too small and no sin of yours too shameful to be brought to Me and to be abandoned at My feet. Yes, this is how My saints acted. They were certain that any difficulty entrusted to My Heart would find there the best of all possible solutions. Tell Me that you trust in My merciful love by letting go of the things that burden and oppress you. I am the Lord of all things in heaven and on earth, and to Me nothing is impossible!”
Surely we all know that Jesus is there for us. However, how often do we turn to him in times of preoccupation or during our struggles? Or how often we come to visit him present in the Blessed Sacrament? I also heard/read it hundreds of times, but I think the way this one was written made it so unique. We priests have the privilege to have the Blessed Sacrament here in our rectory where day and night we can go there to pray. Daily, we do spend a fair amount of time there praying for ourselves, for each and everyone of you, for different needs (local and global), as well as personal prayers that have been asked of us. It’s amazing to be able to simply come and talk to Jesus…but it’s even more amazing to simply listen to him. Although you may not have Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament in your houses, but there are churches close to your houses where you can go. I’m not sure about other churches, but ours (upper church) is open daily from sunrise to sunset. We have the Blessed Sacrament exposed every day from 6:30-7:30am in the lower church, right before daily mass. If the need arises at night, there are parishes in Northboro and Natick that have adoration 24 hours. Hopefully, in the future, we will be able to have it as well.
As Jesus speaks in the passage above, He is there waiting to help us with our troubles and our burdens. They may seem small or silly enough not to bother Christ…but nothing goes unnoticed by Him. “No detail of your life is too small and no sin of yours too shameful to be brought to Me and to be abandoned at My feet”. Therefore, I encourage/exhort you to come to Jesus really present in the Blessed Sacrament and open your heart to him. I cannot imagine how many people carry burdens on their own. Whether because they live by themselves or are too ashamed of sharing it with someone else, Christ is there for us. Furthermore, there are many, many graces that both Jesus and Mary would like to bestow on us, but we don’t seek or ask for them. Sometimes we even fall into the mentality that we are “all set,” or we don’t want to bother God for something so insignificant when other people have bigger problems. God is extremely generous and He is willing to help us at anytime. Even though it is not lent, I invite you to bring yourselves to pray even more. I understand that some of our lives are good enough, but then why not aim for greatness?! If we have certain graces, why not excel in them even more?! Let’s not be content with so little while God wants to give us so much!!!
Let’s seek Christ while He still can be found, and be prepared and rooted in Him when difficult times come. Next week we will publish our calendar of our 24hr adoration so that we all can come to receive indescribable, unfathomable graces! As we priests pray for all of you each day, we also kindly ask you to please remember us in your prayers.
Father Steven Clemence