The young man is my great nephew Easton Brown, who made his First Communion at St. Colette's yesterday (June 13, 2020). I was so happy to give him his first communion and i concelebrated the mass with the pastor, Fr. Bill Krisner, who, like me, is a St. Catherine Parish alumnus.
Little Easton led the procession up the aisle for his class and received Holy Communion with such fervor and attention I almost started crying. I had been present at his mother's First Communion, so it was a great thing to feel the history of the family in flesh and blood.
Fr. Krisner told the children that he saw how happy they were but he said that Jesus was infinitely more happy that they were receiving Him that day. The whole reason for the Eucharist is Jesus' love for us. The most important message of Communion is how much God loves us. That is something for all of us to think about. Every time we receive communion, no matter how many thousands of times, we should understand what we are getting as the Gift of gifts and the Love of loves.
At the end of Mass, Fr. Krisner begged the parents, "Please, bring your children to church so that they can receive Jesus. This was the First Communion, not the Last. Let them come and grow in love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament."
How fortunate and blessed we are to be Catholics. How we should thank God every day for our faith that teaches us how near to our hearts Jesus wants to be. I remember my First Communion teacher, Sr. Ursula Marie, O.S.U. taught us to say when we went back to the pew, "Jesus, I love you. Help me to love you more and more each day." That was a long time ago, but I still remember it and say it. Communion should deepen our relationship with Jesus. May we grow in fervent devotion to the Eucharist. Amen.