Here at St. Mary's, we have so many wonderful reasons to be joyful as we celebrate the reception of First Holy Communion with 82 of our young people. For these three weekends in May, we will share in the celebration of these boys and girls coming to the table of the Lord's Supper for the first time to receive Jesus' Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.
Today in the Gospel of John, we hear Jesus tell his disciples that He is going to prepare a place for them. Thomas asks Jesus:
"Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?"
Jesus said to him, I am the way and the truth and the life.
Many times in our lives, we may be lost or unsure of what is best for us. Sometimes, we put a lot of effort and time into things that drain the joy and love from our lives. Jesus reminds each of us in this Gospel that:
He is the Way, when we are lost,
He is the Truth, when we are unsure of what is right,
He is the Life, the joy and peace that God has for each of us.
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 food for this journey, His own Body and Blood to go through the twists and turns in life.
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, the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE calling them to this table so that they can be nourished by His Body and Blood. Let us pray for them and their families, that they may always follow Jesus.