This Sunday is significant for St. Anthony’s Parish. Yes, all Sundays are significant, however, not on every Sunday do we witness that those who were once reborn to the life of heaven, continue their journey by receiving the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ for the first time!
As these children, these disciples of Christ, continue their journey, we as a community have the duty to continue praying for them all, and for all who are making an effort to strive in the ways of faith. These children, with the help of their parents, who play a major role in their life of discipleship by their guidance and example of faith, are making a commitment to the Lord, by receiving the life He promised to all those who eat His flesh and drink His blood, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day” (Jn 6:57). The first communicants are receiving our Lord for the first time, thus paying heed to His compelling words: “Follow me”.
This is one more chapter in the life of faith for these children. As it is for the children receiving First Holy Communion, it should be for our entire community. Dare to follow the Lord; be brave to walk on the steps He has walked. His path is not for the fainthearted, nevertheless, He walks with us every step of the way, and He has left us the Food by which we are strengthened throughout the journey.
We must obey God, therefore, let us follow Him, for it is in Him alone that we find life, and life in abundance.