Dear First Communicants,
Now that you can understand more that your First Communion, is not a “fixed” event, but requires a continuity of friendship with Jesus through prayer and reception of Him in the weekend mass, I will pray for each one of you, so that this amazing journey with Jesus can give you all you need in life to become one of His best friends and heralds.
We will try to do our part after the actual day of First Communion, because this and the others Sacraments you are going to receive must reach your friends and be always a reminder to your family members of the privilege and the huge gifts of the gifts we receive at Mass. Making the life of our faith present to many!
The moment when we are convinced that our hearts are touched by Jesus we can say that we have the most personal encounter with Our God, the EMANUEL which means: God With US. This is what the early Christians and the saints have in mind after receiving the sacraments: His responsibility to share this wonderful news with the whole world: Ite Incidite mundum (go, set the world on fire with the love of Christ) bring the flame of Jesus’ love, even if it is a small one, to the hearts of many, and thus reopening the places of faith of our time.
Keep always in mind that together with others from different walks of life, we learned "to know the Bible, from the creation to Jesus' sacrifice upon the cross, and then the beginnings of the Church. Together we learned the catechism; together with our parents, we learned to pray; together we prepared for first confession and first Communion. We understood that Jesus himself comes to us, that he is not a distant God. He enters into my own life, into my own heart. Please keep what our Pope said one day to first communion kids like you: "Praying is very important, because it makes the power of God present. "I will say also, come to the mass every weekend, because God will be present there for you. Like The Pope said in His First Communion,” Jesus, stay always with me and help me to stay always with you”
The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as "the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all sacraments tend." In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained." "This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present." (The Catechism of the Catholic Church: paragraph 1374)
Fr. Humberto Palomino, P.E.S.