First Holy Communion
“Encourage souls to place great trust in My fathomless mercy.”
– St Faustina’s Diary, 1059
Last weekend our parish celebrated First Holy Communion for our Level 3 Catechism children. We welcome 120 children to the Eucharistic table!
Fr RV introduced the children to the theology of Love by inviting them up to the altar to show them the theology of love in ‘concrete’ terms. “Everything started with God-the-Father’s Love wanting to reach us. Jesus-the-Son is the greatest expression of that Love who came to save us by offering His life. Then, He left us the sacred meal-the Eucharist, for us to continuously remember, partake, and share the life-giving Love of God. For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son that whoever believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16)”. For more photos, visit divinemercy.sg/FHC2019
God’s First Love
Knowing God’s heart means consistently, radically, and very concretely to announce and reveal that God is love and only love, and that every time fear, isolation, or despair begin to invade the human soul this is not something that comes from God. This sounds very simple and maybe even trite, but very few people know that they are loved without any conditions or limits.
This unconditional and unlimited love is what the evangelist John calls God’s first love. “Let us love,” he says, “because God loved us first” (1 John 4:19). The love that often leaves us doubtful, frustrated, angry, and resentful is the second love, that is to say, the affirmation, affection, sympathy, encouragement, and support we receive from our parents, teachers, spouses, and friends. We all know how limited, broken, and very fragile that love is. Behind the many expressions of this second love there is always the chance of rejection, withdrawal, punishment, blackmail, violence, and even hatred. . . .
The radical good news is that the second love is only a broken reflection of the first love and that the first love is offered to us by a God in whom there are no shadows. Jesus’ heart is the incarnation of the shadow-free first love of God.
– Henri Nouwen