A few days ago, I posted about the Easter Season being a “festival of sacraments.” Well, today is one such day as we celebrate my nephew’s First Communion. It is a beautiful bright and sunny spring day…a “storybook” First Communion-type day. Of course the weather has nothing to do with the encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist, but God IS revealed through the beauty and wonder of creation and the nice weather serves to reinforce the reality of God’s presence that is revealed most wonderfully in the Eucharist.
We’ll be gathering at my brother’s home to celebrate my nephew’s First Communion…an opportunity to show him how happy we all are that this day has arrived. Then, of course, we will all engage in the strange ritual of giving him cards containing money. I never quite understand this part of the “ritual” in our culture and I’ve often wanted to opt out of it and present a gift that is more spiritual. At the same time, I understand the reality that, if I did so, a young child can draw the conclusion that “Uncle Joey is cheap” and doesn’t love me as much as so-and-so who gave me $xx.” So I don’t fight it. The important thing is that he knows how much we love him and how meaningful this day is to him and to us.
Congratulations to all those celebrating First Communions and to all those catechists who prepared them!