We have been blessed with two wonderful boys, and our oldest son, a second grader, is going through the sacrament of First Communion at St. Mary. It is amazing how quickly time has flown by; it seems like yesterday he was just at the beginning of this journey. He has learned a great deal throughout the process and during the classes leading up to this sacrament.
Half of the classes were dedicated to First Reconciliation. One of the stories discussed during those classes was that of the Prodigal Son. This story reminds us of God’s total and encompassing love for us, and the importance of forgiveness. The students also learned about the Ten Commandments, which provides another example of God’s love. God will always forgive us for our sins and is there to help us when we stumble. The students participated in their first reconciliation in January and our son seemed to understand the underlying message of God’s love.
God’s love is one of the common themes he learned about in each of the classes. One of our son’s favorite Bible stories was how Jesus fed the multitudes. A great crowd had gathered, and Jesus had compassion for them and began healing the sick. The disciples advised Jesus to send the people away, so the people could go to nearby villages and buy themselves food. Jesus, however, had another plan. He welcomed everyone and made sure all were fed and satisfied with only a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish. This miracle illustrates God’s love for His people, and how God welcomes everyone to His table.
Receiving the holy sacrament of communion reinforces God’s love for us every time we receive it, and increases our love for God as well as love and kindness toward our neighbors. Sacraments are special signs that show God is with us, and it is up to us to spread the message of God’s love to others. Everyone is welcome at God’s table. When we receive this holy sacrament we take a piece of Him with us when we leave church. More than anything, the message of God’s love and welcoming everyone at His table is what our son will take from this experience.
Parents of a 2nd Grade Student participating in First Communion