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
Boys and Girls,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.