Thursday, April 21, 2016
This is the time of year when lots of children receive First Holy Communion in the Catholic Church. It is for many of them a powerful religious experience. But if it not followed by lots of communions, this one experience won't change their lives and make them all God wants them to be. The Apostles had two powerful experiences of Jesus alive, Risen, after death. It was not enough. They went back to Galilee, home, and back to fishing, which was their old way of life. Jesus had to come to them, unrecognized, in their mundane world, while they futiley fished and caught nothing. He fed them again, only this time they helped provide the food. Jesus was saying in this action, that they have to keep eating of the food of his presence, or else they won't become who they were meant to be in God's plan. If they won't change after two eye to eye experiences of him Risen, why should any of us with a now and again or once in lifetime communion?