Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven,
Exult, let Angel ministers of God exult,
Let the trumpet of salvation
sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph…
Christ your Son, who, coming back from death’s domain,
has shed His peaceful light on humanity,
and lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen
(Exsultet – Easter Proclamation, Roman Missal, 3rd Ed.)
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. We recall and rejoice in the infinite mercy of God which flows from the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Holy Family will host a Holy Hour of Adoration, Exposition, and Benediction of the Eucharist on Sunday, April 28 from 2p-3p.
One of the great acts of Mercy of God the Father is to feed us body, mind, and soul with the Body and Blood of His Son Jesus Truly Present in the Eucharist. This weekend on Saturday afternoon, we had 31 of our Parish and School 2nd graders receive their First Holy Communion. I pray the sacramental Graces of this precious and intimate encounter with the God of life and love nurtures a deep and abiding relationship between these little ones with Christ and the Church. We, the greater Church, should rejoice with them and for them as they make this next important step in their Catholic Christian lives.
34 years ago Saturday, April 27, I made my First Holy Communion at Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is both humbling and amazing that now I find myself serving the Lord in the Eucharist at His altar as priest and pastor. On that day so many years ago, I would not have guessed the holy calling God was placing upon my heart. But Jesus already knew. He was already planting His love, His presence, His mission deep within me. It is a great honor to be able to assist these tender souls to draw near to Jesus, to listen to His teachings, to walk in His Way. The great purpose of every human life is to know, love, and serve the Lord God. As we each approach the holy altar to received, may we truly give thanks to God, thanks for the Church, thanks for Christ present in His Sacraments.
Holy Family, centered around the Eucharistic Jesus, pray for us.
~ Fr. Gries