I’ll never forget the face of the man on one of my mission tours in India who said, “I got the food I was longing for.”
The Life of Christ is in the Eucharist. He is there, waiting at the door to our heart, patient and passionate, for He knows how to love. Jesus Christ is really, truly and substantially present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. When we receive the Bread of Life, we receive Jesus Christ, “For my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (John 6:55-56).
Share with your family what you remember about your first communion. What was it like to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time? Is that excitement still within you when you receive Christ today?
I pray that you and your family continue to find comfort and joy in the Bread of Life. Blessings to you, my friends.
Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 17 countries.