For the past three weekends we have had the joy of sharing in the celebration of 81 of our boys and girls coming to the table of the Lord's Supper for the first time. We hope that this is a day that helps them begin their spiritual journey in an even more personal way. Each time that we receive the Eucharist, Jesus gives us His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity to nourish us on our journey of life. This spiritual food gives us the power to love.
Today in the Gospel of John, we hear Jesus tell his disciples that He is going to send them an Advocate to be with them. This Holy Spirit that Jesus promises is given to each of us so that we can follow Jesus’ command to love one another. Loving people sounds easy, but can be challenging to actually do. We are called to love those that hurt us or are indifferent to us. We are called to love even when it is not convenient or profitable to us. We are called to love and live out God's love each day. That is tough stuff!!! Jesus never promises that it will be easy, but He does promise that He is there with us through it all. He gives us not just a promise, but also the sustenance, His own Body and Blood to go through the twists and turns in life. God also gives us the Holy Spirit to direct us and to give us the graces and gifts that we need to love as He loves us.
As we watch these young people, filled with joy and excitement for their First Holy Communion, we welcome them to the table of the Lord’s Supper. They have heard the voice of Jesus calling them to this table so that His Body and Blood can nourish them. Let us continue to pray for them that they may always follow Jesus’ example of love.