This weekend at the majority of the Masses, you will see children receiving their First Communion. It is nice to see little ones with their innocence approaching the table of the Lord. Sometimes I think they might be too young to comprehend the great mystery before them, but the truth is that even after years and years of being before the blessed sacrament, we still are in awe about the mystery of our God who wishes to remain with us under the humble appearance of bread.
When we think there is not more that God can do for us to show us his love, He still surprises us with things like this. After he had given his life for us, we might think there is nothing more he could do for us. He wants to stay with us in the Eucharist, and not only give himself “for us” as he did in the Cross, but also in the sacrament when He gives himself “to us” so that we may experience more and more of his love for us.
Why is He giving himself to us in each Mass?
By eating the Body and drinking the Blood of Christ in the Eucharist, we become united to the person of Christ through his humanity. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (Jn 6:56). In being united to the humanity of Christ, we are at the same time united to his divinity. And in doing so, something different happens. When we eat different things, everything that we consume disappears and becomes part of us. But with Jesus, what mystically happens is that we disappear in Jesus, and in that way we become one with him.
This mystery that we call Communion is the common union among us in the faith that we profess and in Charity. But it is also our communion with Jesus. If we are conscience of this, our life is transformed by the reception of the blessed sacrament, because it unites us with others and with Christ.
When you see the little ones receive their First Communion this weekend, I am asking you to remember your First Communion; the purity, the innocence, and also to ponder what happened in your life after you received Jesus. How much closer you are to Jesus. I pray that we all have communion with Him and with others.