Do you believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist? I know this girl didn’t.
I bet this girl didn’t even know what the word Eucharist meant. I bet she thought she was wearing a pretty dress to eat a piece of bread and drink wine for the first time.
I realize I don’t give that girl much credit. That is a much younger me after all. Or maybe I just don’t give my parents any credit. From what I know, my parents sent me to Catholic school so I would have a better education. Sure I was Baptized, and as you can see, received my First Communion, but it didn’t get much further than that. I don’t think I went to church on Sundays. And if I did, I don’t remember it at all.
The most I remember is squeezing a boy named David’s hand during the Our Father. Our class had to attend Mass once a week and we dreaded it. (Notice I said the word had and not could.) We played a game that we passed “the squeeze” around during the whole Our Father and whoever ended with the squeeze at the end of the prayer was a LOSER.
And for some reason, squeezing David’s hand at one particular Mass throughout my adolescent is all I remember. Ain’t that a shame.
Today is the anniversary of my First Communion. The only reason I know this is because when I got married I had to have my religious records transferred to my new church. I decided to write down my important religious dates on our master calendar. Every year on this day I say, “hey, today is the anniversary of my First Communion.”
And that’s that. One of these years, it might be a good idea to go to daily Mass on that particular day. A good way to say, “hey Lord, thanks.”
In our house, we celebrate Baptismal anniversaries as if they are a birthday. We do it up big. Cake and all. It is a super important day in our household.
But why not the First Communion anniversary too? Receiving the Lord should be just as important as becoming a Child of God? Maybe by the time my girls are old enough to make their First Communion we will be celebrating this special day.
Because I sure would like some cake today.