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Mass for First Holy Communion of Marymede College - Sunday 20 July

MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, MELBOURNE, FOR THE FIRST HOLY COMMUNION OF MARYMEDE COLLEGE ON SUNDAY, 20TH JULY 2014 AT 2.00 PM

Dear Boys and Girls,

Today you will receive Jesus for the first time.  It is a personal meeting with someone who loves you very much, who understands you and wants to walk with you through your journey to life.

At the Last Supper before he died Jesus took bread and wine and changed them into his own body and blood.  These consecrated elements still look like bread and wine, but their reality is changed wonderfully by God.  Then he said a wonderful thing to his Apostles: “Do this in memory of me.”  So every time we come to Mass, after we remember that we are sinners and we praise God, we listen to God speaking to us in his Word and teaching us about our journey through life.  Only then are our gifts of bread and wine brought to the altar and changed, using the same words as Jesus:  “This is my body.  This is my blood”, so that they become the reality of Jesus who is with us.

Today I thank all those who have helped you understand the wonderful miracle that God performs each time we celebrate Mass, changing the reality of ordinary human things into the beautiful reality of God who meets us and loves us.

We have already learned in our life that we do not always do the right thing, but that we can be forgiven.  God is loving and merciful and he has given us the beautiful Sacrament of Forgiveness, so that we can be one in mind and heart with him.  Receiving Jesus in the Eucharist means that he feeds us for our journey through life.  Jesus is with us, he hears our prayers, he helps us to keep trying hard and above all he gives us hope that in the future we can become the people Jesus wants.

So, boys and girls, I urge you to remember that Jesus is near, to come to Mass often and receive Jesus, because then you will love one another as Jesus loves us.  Likewise, I urge your parents and brothers and sisters to remember the importance of prayer to God in our homes as our friendship with him and also the importance of the Mass as the Great Prayer, where we listen to God and our lives are changed, where we receive Jesus and his love enters our hearts, giving us strength to keep on trying in our daily work until the day when we come to be with Jesus in heaven.

Boys and girls, when Jesus comes to you for the first time give him a welcome, return to your places and be silent in prayer.  Thank him for loving you and ask him to help you to show your love for him and for others.  In this way we can make our world a better place.

I say thank you also to your parents and teachers who have taught you the reality of Jesus’ love and have brought you to this day.  We can bring anything to Jesus in prayer and know that he listens to us.  On this special day, may Jesus live in our hearts forever.

+ Denis J. Hart,

ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.

 

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