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Could You Not Keep Watch for One Hour? Make Time for Adoration!

Adoration Jesus asks! How do we respond? How often do we neglect to give God His due? He blesses us with so much, and at times, we barely acknowledge His existence. When was the last time you gave Him one hour of your time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament? In the reading of the Passion of the Lord that we heard on Palm Sunday, we hear Jesus ask His Disciples, “Could you not keep watch for one hour?” (Mark 14:37). If Jesus were physically present, in front of you today, how might you answer this question? Where, or when, might you have given more of yourself to God, and failed to do so?

At a minimum, as Catholics, we MUST attend Mass every weekend, to be considered a “practicing Catholic.” However, Jesus wants more; for Himself and for us! He wants to have a loving relationship with each of us. Yet, relationships take work! Relationships require the giving of one’s time, energy and focus to another; to have a fruitful and sustainable relationship. So, He asks, “Could you not keep watch for one hour?” (Mark 14:37).

Keep Watch in Adoration

Today is Holy Wednesday. If you have a Church near you that offers times for Adoration today, then try to visit with Him – just one hour, that’s not asking much! Yet, in that hour, He will bless you. If it is not possible to visit today, then make a special effort to attend Holy Thursday Mass tomorrow, and give Him your thanks for His sacrifice, on your behalf. Many parishes offer hours of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after Holy Thursday Mass. If so, take advantage of it and spend some time with Jesus. After all, He gave His earthly life for you. Can you not give Him one hour of your time, in return, to express your thanks for His sacrifice?

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6 Responses to Could You Not Keep Watch for One Hour? Make Time for Adoration!

  • I’d like to start making a regular commitment to adoration. For the last 14+ years, a combination of having babies and lack of a nearby adoration chapel have hampered my efforts. However, this year, our parish has introduced adoration on Thursdays. Now, my school-age children have an opportunity for short, weekly visits during school. And, there’s a short window when I’m available too. I’ve noticed that every Thursday, multiple road blocks materialize – a sick kid, a must-do errand, a deadline, forgetfulness, etc. It’s a challenge, but worth the effort.

    • I’ve been doing it for several years now. I have found that over time, I have begun to schedule my life around Adoration time! It takes practice to get to this point, but so worth it!

  • Thank you for your inspirational articles. It is true that we neglect and turn our back on our Lord who sacrificed so much for us. We have much time for ourselves, going shopping and socializing during Holy Week instead of going to Church.

    Thank you I do appreciate it.

  • Adoration is the best-kept secret in some Catholic Churches, for sure! I remember falling asleep during my hour when my boys were little, and I just kept thinking “Could you not even keep watch one hour with me?” My mom assured me that He gave me rest when I needed it!
    I firmly believe that if everyone knew what joy and peace came from Adoration the Chapels would be bursting. If people only knew…

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