Congratulations to all of our first communicants! This weekend 48 of our children have received Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time.
It is always special to see the children approach the sacrament with a hope and expectation, that most of us, after hundreds if not thousands of Eucharists, may have lost. And yet, we come back to Jesus over and over as do the crowds in John 6:33, who say to Jesus, “Sir, give us this bread always.” And blessed are we to have the bread of life, Jesus, always available to us. In the suburbs, one does not have to travel far to find Mass or a chapel for Eucharistic devotion at any time on any day. We need not hunger or thirst spiritually, for the bread of life is always available to nourish our souls.
If you are not familiar with Eucharistic Adoration, I encourage you to look for opportunities to make it an important part of your spiritual life. I find Adoration time to be important in keeping me focused on the Lord and it has often helped me to find grace to handle difficult situations.
Our lives are so filled with noise, that just the opportunity to spend a few minutes in quiet prayer is something for which we all are hungering. The beauty of Adoration is that one does not have to commit to a time, nor must one try to learn a certain type of prayer. One only stops in for a few minutes to be with Jesus. Prayers may be recited, or you can just ask Jesus to help you with your needs, giving your worries and anxieties to Him so that you can courageously face the noise and business of the day.
Eucharistic Adoration is available at Mary Queen of Heaven on the first Monday of the month. Stop in any time during the day. Visitation Parish has a perpetual adoration chapel where adoration is available every day. Many other local parishes offer times of adoration as well.
Let us never take for granted that Jesus hears our plea for the bread of life to be available to us always. Please join me in praying for our first communicants, that their first participation would be the first of many and that they would know Jesus’ promise that they will never hunger or thirst as long as they are close to Him, the true bread of life.
Note from Father Jason
May 1, 2016