“[What is adoration?] I would say: adoration is recognizing that Jesus is my Lord, that Jesus shows me the way to take, and that I will live well only if I know the road that Jesus points out and follow the path he shows me. Therefore, it means saying: ‘Jesus, I am yours. I will follow you in my life, I never want to lose this friendship, this communion with you.’ I could also say that adoration is essentially an embrace with Jesus in which I say to him: ‘I am yours, and I ask you, please stay with me always.’”
Pope Benedict XVI, The Eucharist, p. 111
Did You Know?
During the invitation to communion we respond, “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed”. This prayer is based on the centurion’s prayer in Matthew 8:8 in which he asks Jesus to heal his servant. The centurion’s humility and faith amazed Jesus and Jesus granted his prayer saying, “Truly, I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith” (Matthew 8:10). We, too, are to come forward with the same sense of humility and faith.