Thought for the Day – 5 August – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
“Anyone who loves Jesus sincerely in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, must experience a pang of regret whenever he enters a Church and sees, that the spaces surrounding the Tabernacle are empty.
Here and there, a few people may be praying before statues of Our Lady and of the Saints but, too often, there is nobody to worship Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
Only the dim light of the Tabernacle lamp seems to be attempting to compensate in some small way, for the ingratitude of men.
Yet, here is no mere image but the real living Jesus Who loves us and longs to shower His gifts upon us.
We are poor and He is rich; we are weak and He is strong.
We are sinners and He wishes us to kneel repentant at His feet so that He may forgive us.
We are bent beneath the weight of our cross, which seems too heavy for us to bear and He desires to lighten it by His grace.
We are weary and worried and unable to find a friend who will fully understand and comfort us.
But, if we go to Jesus, we shall find a Friend and a Comforter.
“Come to me,” He says to us, “all you who labour and are burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden light” (Mt 11:28-30).
Let us kneel before Jesus in the Tabernacle and confide to Him, our worries, sorrows and desires.
He will understand and enlighten us; He will strengthen our wavering resolution and inspire in our hearts, the divine love, which makes it easy to sacrifice ourselves for His sake.”