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“Tara, I’ve been wondering
about your best friend, the one you call Jesus,” Cherie said. “My mother
knows about him, too, but she never calls him ‘best friend’,” she added.
“Well, I have a reason to call Him that. I’m nine now, but
when I was seven I made my first Holy Communion. I’ll never forget
that day. Jesus is so real since then."
“What do you mean by…? What did
you call it?”
My first Holy Communion.
Communion means ‘joining together’. That’s what my teacher said. And it
was holy because Jesus is holy. He came into my heart when I asked Him
“Can I do that?” asked
“Well, I had to go to
classes so I could understand. I had to ‘prepare’, my mother said. See,
you have to prepare your soul.”
“What’s a soul?”
“It’s your heart and
mind. You have to become real clean and pure so Jesus will want to come
“Were you afraid?”
“Oh, no, because I’ve always prayed. Mom used to read me holy
stories, sometimes from the Bible. Let’s look in my Picture Bible
and read about Jesus having His Last Supper with the apostles. That
was their first Holy Communion:
Jesus and his apostles were all around the table. Some were
sitting on stools at the table, but a few of the twelve were
stretched out resting on couches. John was a close friend of
Jesus, so he sat right next to Him.
The supper was over
before Jesus told them that He was going to suffer and die.
Their best friend was going to be crucified. By the next
afternoon Jesus would not be alive. They just couldn’t really
understand that. But they knew something was up and they were
Jesus wanted to stay with them, but God the Father had promised
to send Someone to make up for everybody’s sins. Jesus was the
One, and the time was to be the next day.
supper, Jesus changed bread into His Body. Then He changed the
wine into His Blood. He told the apostles to eat and drink so
they could come into His kingdom some day. He said if they did,
they would have Life, HIS LIFE, within them.
They did take
the bread and wine which were now His Body and Blood.
They passed It around for everybody.
Jesus made them
priests when He told them to do the same thing when they were
with other Christians. Jesus wanted them to remember Him.
“Well, that’s a nice story
but how could Jesus give us His body? I sure don’t understand that,”
“It’s hard for me, too,
but I know He’s real. I believe in Him. Guess that’s why He stays close
to me when I pray.”
“Well, you can’t eat his body!”
“You’re right. So He gave
bread that He changed into His Body and Blood. (Every body that’s alive
has blood in it.) Jesus told us to eat it. It’s just like a small,
white, round piece of bread. But it is the Body and Blood of Jesus
because He said it was. And He is GOD. I believe it. He
is so real to me.
“I wish He was my
friend,” Cherie said with feeling.
“He wishes that, too. He
loves everybody. He wants you for his friend. In the Bible Jesus called
the little children to Him. He put his arms around them and blessed
them. He spent so much time with them once that his friends didn’t like
it. But Jesus didn’t leave. He just said, ‘Let the little children come
to me.’ I remember those words because that’s what it says on the
picture on our bulletin board in my classroom. Jesus likes children.”
“I’m going to go and talk
to Mom and see if she knows all this,” Cherie said. “We ought to pray at
our house like you do. Want to come with me and help me get things
“Sure. Then we will both
know. But maybe it would be better if you went by yourself…this is
between you and your Mom.”
“OK. Sounds good, but
I’ll tell you later.” So, with joy in her heart and a desire in her soul,
Cherie began to skip, hoping to get there faster.
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