We offer our heartfelt congratulations to all of our young people who, for the first time this weekend, are receiving Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist. This is a momentous milestone in their lives, not just in the aspect of spirituality and faith development, but also in relation to their entire lives. Our lives are given to us by God, and we are naturally oriented toward God. We are made for God, as St. Augustine astutely observed: “Our hearts are restless, O God, until they rest in Thee.” Because we are made for Eternal Life in Heaven with God, it is most appropriate that we live our lives as close to God as possible, ever loving God more and doing our best to be ever more faithful witnesses to the Gospel. We are never closer to God than when we receive Holy Communion – the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus, for as Bishop Robert Barron says, when we receive Holy Communion, “we enter Heaven for a moment.” This blessed reality now comes to our First Communicants, and we pray that they will all remain faithful to God and close to the Holy Eucharist all the days of their lives. And may God, Who has begun the Good Work in them, bring it to completion.
For the Greater Glory of God,