Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
When my oldest daughter, now 18, received her First Holy Communion, our pastor shared a special story with the First Communicants.
He explained that when a priest presides at Mass for the Missionaries of Charity, he finds a sign in their sacristy. The sign reminds him of the significance of the Mass and that he should celebrate it with great reverence and devotion.
The sign reads: “Priest of God, celebrate this Mass as if it is your first Mass, your last Mass, your only Mass.”
Our pastor encouraged the First Communicants to approach their First Holy Communion with the same reverence and devotion. And not only their First Communion, but their second, third, one hundredth Holy Communion, too.
Yes, every time we receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist, we need to do so as if it is our first Communion, our last Communion, our only Communion.
Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Because today is such a high feast, a Sequence is sung before the Gospel. In it, we hear:
"His own act, at supper seated, Christ ordained to be repeated, in His memory divine … with adoration …"
Today's Gospel commemorates the very first Mass, which took place at the Last Supper. There, Jesus ordained His apostles to repeat what He did, in reverent memory of Him, until He comes again in glory.
Reflecting on today’s Gospel, I cannot help but recall that First Communion homily from so long ago. I contemplate the miracle that is taking place right before my eyes. And I am renewed in my desire to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist, as if it is my first Communion, my last Communion, my only Communion.
How does the reception of Holy Communion transform your relationship with Jesus?
Jesus, thank You for the most generous gift: Your real presence in the Holy Eucharist. May I always receive You with reverence and adoration. Amen.
Copyright 2021 Sarah Damm