“And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.” (Lk. 24:30-31)
As the mystery of Easter continues to unfold around us this Easter season, we have the great joy of celebrating the First Holy Communion for some of our children. Today Victoria Havlik, Danielle Huss, Jordan Jaskolski, Joshua Meating, Jonathan Scherschel, Natalie Sunita, Nicholas Van Beek, Sterling Van Straten, Charles Wentworth, and Micah Wood are joining us at the table of the Lord for the first time. This is a special day as they eat the body and drink the blood of the Lord for the very first time.
Today’s Gospel reminds us of how deeply rooted we are in the eucharist. Jesus reveals himself to us in the simple action of taking bread, blessing it, breaking it, and giving it to us. With the eyes of faith we recognize him in our celebration of eucharist every week.
These children will grow in their faith as they join us at the table of the Lord Sunday after Sunday. Jesus will reveal himself to them in our midst.
Like these children, we are called to come to recognize Jesus more deeply every week. Through participating in the eucharist weekly our hearts start to burn within us, our prayer life deepens, our understanding of the Scriptures grows, and we begin to recognize Jesus active in our lives. Thank God for the gift of the eucharist that we are able to share with these children today and every Sunday.
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood