St. Michael's Parish - Cobourg

“Stay with me!”                                                                         First Communion May 3 2015

 

What a beautiful day is today! Today Jesus, who is God, and who is your friend, will come to visit you. What happens when a friend comes for a visit? Are you not excited? Today dear children, Jesus is coming to visit with you, in holy Communion. Let us get ready for his visit.

 

When some visitor comes to our house we try to be clean and dress well. When our friend comes in and opens the door, he says: “O, you look well!” Jesus says the same today: “You are already clean, because of the word that I spoke to you.” Jesus today is looking at you and likes you very much. “I come, he says, because you have heard about me, you know me, and my word has purified your mind, has given you light. I come, because I spoke to you the word of the sacrament of first reconciliation, and so your soul is clean, your heart is ready. My dear children, you look very well today! Everybody sees how lovely you are dressed today. But only I, says Jesus, can see how beautiful is your soul. You look so well for me! It is so nice to be with you.”

 

What happens when we are with a friend? You want to stay with him. Jesus says the same to you today: “Remain in me, and I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.” Stay with me, says Jesus, and I will stay with you. I do not want you to abandon me, I do not want you to forget me. When we abandon Jesus…? Does Jesus like that we do not come to visit him? Does Jesus like to be abandoned in the tabernacle? No, Jesus likes you, Jesus wants you to visit him, he likes to be with you. Stay with me, says Jesus, and I will stay with you. Jesus is a friend who will never abandon you. Jesus is a friend who will never leave you alone.

 

Jesus likes you, Jesus wants to be with you and to stay with you. He is like a friend who came to visit but does not want to leave. “Is it time to go? Can I stay? Let me stay a little longer!” Jesus also says: “I am the vine, you are the branches.” He is saying: “You are a part of me.” Why does Jesus want to stay with you? Because he loves you. How much does he love me? As you love the members of your body. Would you like someone to cut your hand, or to take away your legs, or something like that? No! That is why Jesus says “I am the vine, you are the branches.” You cannot live without me, but I cannot be happy without you. If you do not stay with me, I feel that a part of me has been cut off. Stay with me! says Jesus. I love you because you are a part of me, your are members of my body.

 

Jesus likes you, my dear friends. That is why he is coming to visit you today, he is coming to you in Holy Communion. Jesus wants to stay with you. Let us get ready for his visit. Let us welcome him. Let us open our hearts to him. Do you want to receive Jesus in Holy Communion? Do you want to stay with him? Let us say a prayer all together:

 

Jesus I know

That you are in the host.

I cannot see you,

But I know you are there.

Give me faith,

Give me love,

So that I may always love you

As I love you today.

 

Now let us pay attention to the prayers, to the music, to the responses, and to what the priest and the servers do here at the altar, so that we get ready for Jesus.   –Fr. Andrew