Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter, vigil
(First Holy Communion)
Dearly Beloved, How beautiful it is to welcome our own children to the table of the Lord for the first time. I am very happy to share the joy of this day with you all. Especially to you parents and godparents of these little ones. I know some of you have travelled from far to be here this evening. I welcome you all.
On this special occasion for these our young ones, we remind ourselves that the Easter season gradually is coming to an end. All our readings today speak about about LOVE. As Jesus said in the gospel today, “there is no greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends”. The highest form of love is what he himself demonstrated to us. By accepting to die in our place. By taking upon himself the suffering that should have been ours.
How will these young ones understand this kind of love if you as adults do not show that to them at home. The love you have for your wives and the love you profess for your husbands should give testimony to true love. They can only understand what true love is from the way as parents and adults, you show it at home. From the way you treat one another. From the way you forgive one another, from the way you even say sorry to one another. Etc
All of you gathered here today owes these young ones a demonstration of what true love means. Please do not disappoint them. Scripture says; “ “Whoever causes one of these little ones[e] who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea”. Friends, we all have a responsibility towards these young ones.
Parents and godparents, teach them to pray by praying with them. However busy are you with work, find time once a week to pray with the whole family. It build the family. Learn to spend quality time with these children so that they can share their stories with you. They need your guidance. Remind and encourage them to go for confessions when they need to.
Today begins another important step in their faith journey. They are accepted to dine with the community at the Lord’s table. It is my prayer that all of you will one day be welcomed at the eternal table of out Lord. God bless you.