Happy Easter everyone!
On this wonderful Easter day, as we hear of the third appearance of the Risen Lord Jesus, we celebrate First Communion with many of our children. In the Gospel story this day taken from Saint John (21:1-19), we see Peter and the other disciples challenged to drop their nets once again, to trust in the divine challenge, and to haul in a great catch. Afterward, they are fed loaves and fish by the Lord Jesus with the image of the multiplication still etched in their hearts. Each is an encounter which they have had before, and so there is no fear! And, taking Peter aside, asks him the same question 3 times, “do you love me?” When he says that he does, 3 times, Peter is challenged to “feed my lambs, tend my sheep and feed my sheep.”
As the lambs and sheep are fed this day with the Body and Blood of the Lord, we pray for each other, especially for our most precious. For some on this day, Communion will be the first time that they “taste and see” the goodness of the Lord that they may know Him in all His glory on that great day of Resurrection and reward. And for others on this day Communion might be their final earthly encounter through this sacramental meal for the Lord Jesus may call them to his side in the glory of the Kingdom. And there is no fear for our encounters with the Risen Jesus in Holy Communion have been countless throughout our lives! We who have known him and recognized Him in the Breaking of the Bread and the Sharing of the Cup, have had our longing to be Him increased each time we have come forward to receive him in this most wondrous Sacrament!
And so we pray that the Sacramental Presence of the Risen Lord in us and the Breath of his Spirit upon us may have a mighty effect upon us:
O Good and gracious God, you have invited these children to share at your table for the first time, that you may bring toward completion the new life received by Baptism into your family, the Church. Help them always to live in communion with Jesus, as living members of his mystical body.
May the joy of the resurrection fill your days, your lives and all the world with joy and hope!
We are almost there! I would like to thank those who have thus far responded to Our Catholic Appeal. Thank you! As of last weekend, 634 households of the parish have pledged $263,342.84 toward our assessment of $298,181 and 35 households from Mission Santo Toribio Romo have pledged $8582.00 toward the assessment of $11,095.