Today is a very special day not only because it is Pentecost Sunday – the birthday of our church – but also because today our young brothers and sisters who have been preparing for the last several months will finally receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist as they have today their First Communion. I am sure most of us can still remember when we received our first Eucharist – whether as a child during our own First Communion or as an adult through RCIA. Whenever that was, it was special. Receiving the Eucharist for the first time makes the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives more real. The doctrine of the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist might not be fully understood by us, but in faith, we truly believe that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist. And what an honor for us to welcome Him into our bodies and into our lives. Let us then always, make the reception of the Eucharist a special event in our lives.
With our help, the children who will receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time today will begin to understand more clearly the meaning of Jesus Christ’s words: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” It is our role to guide them and to teach them to understand this message of Jesus Christ fully; may we never get tired and may we never stop. Just as Confirmation is not a graduation from youth group meetings, First Communion is not a graduation from Religious Education. Let us pray for the strength and the courage to be an example to the younger members of our community in the reception of the Eucharist and in the practice of the Faith.
May the Holy Spirit continue to lead all of our lives to holiness so that the darkness of sin may truly vanish before the light of Jesus Christ our Lord.
In Christ, Fr. Maro