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I'm a convert to Catholicism from evangelical Protestantism.
I believe that when Jesus says, "This IS my Body," that He speaks the truth. The Consecrated Host IS Jesus. And because the Consecrated Host is Jesus, the Consecrated Host is worthy of our worship and adoration and devotion.
Whether we choose to spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is an individual matter. Many people in the New Testament loved and followed Jesus, but not everyone chose to sit at His Feet and spend quiet time with Him. He does not require this particular mode of devotion from each and every one of His children.
But remember that He did tell Martha that Mary, who sat quietly at His Feet, chose the better way.
Someone above mentioned that they have a hard time understanding why "seeing" Jesus is important.
Maybe this rather silly tale will help.
For many years, I've had a crush on an actor. I "fell in love" with him when I was a teenager, and continued to adore him throughout my adult years. I had (and still have) thousands of pictures of this actor and I have copies of all the movies he's done and videos of the TV show that he starred in, and books about him and games and other souvenirs. I carry a card showing that I am a member of his fan club.
But I had never seen him in person until several years ago, when I attended, for the first time, a convention in which he was a guest.
While we were waiting for him to step out onto the stage, I was so excited. My heart was beating and I was trembling all over. Here I was, a forty-year-old woman, literally shaking with excitement as I anticipated seeing, for the first time, a man that I didn't even know other than from teenybopper magazines!
And when he finally entered the stage, I and hundreds of other adorers rose to our feet and applauded, and I felt my heart nearly stop! I was in tears. Finally, the object of my long-time adoration was truly present in the very room with me!
He didn't disappoint, BTW. He was just as handsome in real life, even though he was 30 years older than when I first fell in love with him. And he was funny and charming and had a gorgeous stage voice and I could have sat and listened to him for many hours. Why can't time pass that fast when I'm at work?!
I never did get close to him. I never did get to talk with him privately. I just saw him on a stage.
But the sight of him was glorious to me. To this day, I am amazed at the nature of my emotional reaction to seeing him in person, live.
And when I first began studying Catholicism, I had pretty much the same reaction to seeing Jesus Live, In Person, for the first time, and I still experience a physical thrill whenever I enter the True Presence of Our Lord in our church's 24/7 Adoration Chapel.
Yes, YES, after all the years of worshipping Jesus from afar and picturing Him in my mind's eye, as I did in the evangelical Protestant churches, it makes such a difference to actually SEE Jesus in Person, to actually sit at His Feet as Mary did while her sister Martha bustled about!
And wonder of wonders, I can not only see Him, but talk with Him and hear Him talk to me, which I didn't get to do at my favorite actor's convention.
I think that a lot of people who love someone will attest that as wonderful as it is to write letters and cards, talk on the phone, email, and facebook, and stare at pictures, nothing is as wonderful as actually seeing the beloved one in person and sitting down with them and being with them.
JL: Great post Cat :thumbsup:. About a year after my conversion, from a nondenominational bible church, I was severing at adoration, my first time at adoration. When the priest and I were before the Host, and the priest was incensing, a sudden temptation came over me, this is idolatry. I started to get up and walk out, but the question came to me. Is Christ truly present or not? my answer was YES, and the temptation left me. This all took place in a matter of seconds.