Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter
In the month of May, many of our children receive their First Communion. That very first time when they fully participate in the Eucharist by eating the Body of Christ. Most of those children are in second or third grade. But did you know that every baptized catholic can receive the Eucharist? It doesn’t have to be in the second or third grade; it could be much earlier or later. However, we practice the earlier time because we want our children to understand, at least a little bit, the power and meaning of this sacrament. Even we adults who go to Communion each Sunday, can’t fully understand that this is truly the Body and Blood of Christ -- not only a host and some wine. So, we need to believe that what Jesus is telling us is true. But there are many other things in Our Lord’s teaching that are hard to understand; we just need to believe that one day all these mysteries will be revealed to us. Today Jesus said: “I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name -- he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” Jesus taught us so much, but now we need the Holy spirit to teach us more.