JULY 16, 2017
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“But the seed sewn on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it…”
Making a “Holy Hour”
One of the most significant things I have done in my life is taking time every day to spend with Jesus in prayer. Growing up, my family prayed together most nights before bed, and as I grew older, I began to take time by myself to pray, to have my own personal time with Jesus.
When I entered seminary 13 years ago, we were all required to make a “holy hour”. A holy hour is, as it sounds, an hour of prayer, but more specifically, it is prayer before Jesus in the Eucharist, adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. This daily routine of prayer has transformed my life more than perhaps anything else, because it is an opportunity not only to talk to God, but more importantly, to listen to him, and to love him. I have kept up my dedication to a daily holy hour almost every day for the past 13 years, and intend to continue for the rest of my life.
I want to encourage all of you to not only pray every day as a family and individually, but also to stop into the church for prayer before Jesus in the Eucharist when you are able.
This past week, I began exposing the Blessed Sacrament in adoration in the church before daily Mass. So from 7am (actually I usually open the church by 6:45am) until Mass at 8am, Tuesday thru Friday, I invite you to stop in to adore Our Lord in the Eucharist.
I also encourage you to attend daily Mass if you are able, but even if you are not, please try to make time at least once a week to make a visit to the church, perhaps for just a couple of minutes on your way to work in the mornings.
There is a story about a man from Saint John Vianney’s parish in Ars, France, and how he used to just sit in the back of the church and look at the tabernacle. He never seemed to be doing anything. So one day St. John Vianney approached the man and asked him what he did or what he said as he sat there in the church. The man simply replied, “I look at him and he looks at me”.
That man knew and loved the Lord deeply, and he would come into the church just to spend time with Jesus. I want to invite all of you to come to the church to just spend time with Jesus.
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,
Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke