The First Communion of Gabriel Rene Evans

The Sacrament of Love…

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Gabriel–

       The responsorial Psalm today cries out a simple but most important truth of our Catholic faith: By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes’. On this the day of your first communion, truly, your Mother and I both understand that all the grace, blessings, and peace our family has known is solely by the work of the Lord Alone, the Good Shepherd. And this day for you is for us wonderful in our eyes.

007       You are a child in love with swords, but today, by the action of the Sword of Love and Truth, the Holy Spirit, you will be introduced to the Man of All Sorrows–Jesus The Christ–the Only Saviour of the world.

Always remember:

  • How much the Father Almighty has loved you in giving you His Only-Begotten Son today. Look at His Cross.
  • Jesus deserves to be loved equally as much as He has been destroyed within the hearts and bodies of His children on earth, so love Him for those who do not, or cannot.
  • Jesus is the Good Shepherd. If you should ever find yourself lost in the world, or, do to sin and troubles find yourself astray from the one true fold, seek immediately the gate of the Good Shepherd–having recourse to the Sacrament of Reconciliation–Confession. He will meet you on your way, for He knows His own and He goes in search of them.
  • Receive as your very own the gift the Man of All Sorrows has given us as His final gesture of mercy before His death on the Cross–His Mother. To Jesus through Mary is no mere saying, as She is always found within the Heart of the Most Holy Trinity seeking and sharing with Her children all the spiritual graces necessary for their sanctification and entrance into Heaven. To her Immaculate Heart, the Garden of God, I entrust you today.
  • Allow the Gospel of Jesus Christ to lead you into that deep interior conversion of heart it calls for.
  • Love your faith, live your faith, share your faith; and above all, defend the faith with the Sword of Truth–Love.
  • Keep His Commandments.

You know how much I love you Gabriel: higher than the highest sky, and deeper than the deepest ocean… But God’s Love surpasses all these–remain in Him.

On the Fourth Sunday of Easter 2009–

Papa,

James Mary Evans

The Readings For Gabriel Rene Evan’s First Holy Communion

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Reading 1

Acts 4:8-12

Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:

“Leaders of the people and elders:

If we are being examined today

about a good deed done to a cripple,

namely, by what means he was saved,

then all of you and all the people of Israel should know

that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean

whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;

in his name this man stands before you healed.

He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,

which has become the cornerstone.

There is no salvation through anyone else,

nor is there any other name under heaven

given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29

R. (22) The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,

for his mercy endures forever.

It is better to take refuge in the LORD

than to trust in man.

It is better to take refuge in the LORD

than to trust in princes.

R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.

or:

R. Alleluia.

I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me

and have been my savior.

The stone which the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone.

By the LORD has this been done;

it is wonderful in our eyes.

R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;

we bless you from the house of the LORD.

I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me

and have been my savior.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

for his kindness endures forever.

R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Reading II

1 Jn 3:1-2

Beloved:

See what love the Father has bestowed on us

that we may be called the children of God.

Yet so we are.

The reason the world does not know us

is that it did not know him.

Beloved, we are God’s children now;

what we shall be has not yet been revealed.

We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,

for we shall see him as he is.

Gospel

Jn 10:11-18

Jesus said:

“I am the good shepherd.

A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

A hired man, who is not a shepherd

and whose sheep are not his own,

sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,

and the wolf catches and scatters them.

This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.

I am the good shepherd,

and I know mine and mine know me,

just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;

and I will lay down my life for the sheep.

I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.

These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice,

and there will be one flock, one shepherd.

This is why the Father loves me,

because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.

No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.

I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.

This command I have received from my Father.”

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