Third Sunday of Easter

May 3, 2017

This past Saturday 21 of our parish’s children received their first Holy Communion. It’s always beautiful to see our young people receiving the Eucharist for the first time, and to pray that they will always remain close to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. It’s also a good time for us to consider the great gift God gives His Church in the Most Holy Eucharist.

At it’s heart we know the Eucharist is a sacrifice. In fact, it is the Sacrifice. At each Mass, the sacrifice Christ himself made at Calvary, which redeemed us from sin and opened for us the gates of heaven, is made present again. At each Mass, heaven and earth are made one and our altar is united with the altar of the Lamb, who was slain in sacrifice for love of us. When we receive the Eucharist the church is filled with the adoring host of Angels and Archangels, and the whole company of Saints who have gone before us. When we stop to consider this great gift it should fill us with thanksgiving, and also awe, for the fact that we are called to the Supper of the Lamb.

Although we celebrate a person’s first Holy Communion in a special way, this gift is certainly not a one-time experience. Every day, in churches throughout the world this same Sacrifice is offered for the continued redemption of humanity and our daily growth in holiness. May our young children, and each one of us, always know of God’s great love for us present in the Most Holy Eucharist.