This is indeed a very special day not only for our second graders but also for the life of the Parishes. Whenever we see our young people approach the Altar for the first time to receive our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion it reminds us of that special day when we first received Him in Holy Communion. The dresses and veils, the white shirt and ties that we wore were outward expressions of our love for Jesus in the Eucharist.
To watch as these wonderful young girls and boys receive our Lord we should be filled with joy as they now fully share in the promise of Christ. John reminds us in his first letter, “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called Children of God.” You see our Heavenly Father desires to share with us the Joys of Heaven, but He doesn’t wait until we come to Him at the end of our Life. No, He shares with us the Life of Christ Jesus hidden in the veil of the Sacrament as a promise of Heaven, right now, today. The Eucharist is food for the journey to the Kingdom, it is Christ Jesus abiding with us. This is why it is so important for Catholics to receive Holy Communion regularly and worthily. To partake in the Body and Blood of Christ is to share in the life of Christ Jesus now and forever.
In the Catholic tradition, only those individuals who profess the Catholic Faith and are free from serious sin may come forward to receive Holy Communion. Our Second Graders have been preparing for this day for the last several months and they have made their first reconciliation as well. They know that it is Jesus who is coming to them in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is also a bond with the universal church guided by Our Holy Father, Pope Francis. I can only ask that all our guests and visitors from other faith traditions to pray for the day that all God’s children will break Eucharist Bread together.
May the Lord of Life, The Eucharist Lord, come and abide with each of us this special day.
Blessings, Father Dooley
QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT Do I still have the excitement when receiving Holy Communion? Do I believe the Host is the body of Christ? What is my prayer for these young people coming to Communion for the first time?