Receive Jesus in your heart

β€œOn this day, the Solemnity of Christ the King and Jesus the King of the Universe, we see our First Communion children, beautifully dressed in white, with hands joined together, waiting in expectation to receive the Lord Jesus for the very first time in their lives.”

Dec 11, 2014

By Francis Magimay
“On this day, the Solemnity of Christ the King and Jesus the King of the Universe, we see our First Communion children, beautifully dressed in white, with hands joined together, waiting in expectation to receive the Lord Jesus for the very first time in their lives.”

Fr Stanislaus Soosaimariam made this observation when he introduced to the congregation the 33 First Communicants at the Church of our Lady of Fatima, on November 23 at the 10.30 am Mass.

In his homily, Fr Stan highlighted two important aspects of the Holy Communion that affected the lives of the children. First was expectation. When, as young children, they followed their mother, father, brothers and sisters to church and walked with them in procession up to the altar for the elders to receive the Holy Eucharist, they wanted their parents to share the sacred Host with them. Obviously, their parents declined the request. Thus, from an early age, the longing to receive communion developed in them. Today they have obtained the right to take communion directly from the celebrant. That expectation has become a reality.

Second was experience. When they take the consecrated Body and Blood of Christ, they receive Jesus into their hearts for the first time. That experience would remain with them their entire lives. The Holy Spirit, as well as their parents, guardians, Catechism Teachers and the entire congregation have instilled in them the faith in the Holy Eucharist. They experience Jesus in their hearts each time they receive the sacred Host.

Further, Fr Stan urged that they should participate in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist frequently, to allow Jesus to transform their lives and make them more like Him. The frequent reception of the sacraments should grow into a joyful experience.

Fr Stan thanked the Catechists for preparing and forming the First Communicants. He also thanked them for conducting the First Communion Camp, where he felt the students performed brilliantly on the scripture knowledge they had acquired. He emphasized that parents, guardians, Catechists, as well as the congregation in the church should always set good examples for the children to follow, so that they would grow and mature in their faith life.

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