To strengthen him for the journey, God provides Elijah with cake (bread) and water, reminiscent of his ancestors’ Paschal meal (1 Kings 19:4-8).
Thus Elijah experiences the goodness of the Lord as described in the Responsorial Psalm (Ps 34).
In the Gospel, Jesus, the Bread of Life, gives himself as true food and true drink (John 6:41-51).
By giving the True Bread from Heaven, his very own Body and Blood in Holy Communion, he strengthens us for our journey, following the way of love, as St. Paul says in the second reading (Eph 4:30-5:2).
This week on August 15th we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Mass will be available to fulfill your obligation on:
Tuesday August 14th: 6:00 pm at St. Paul’s.
Wednesday August 15th: 8:30 am at St. Paul’s 6:00 pm at St. Paul’s
In my travels last year, I visited the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary in San Francisco. Next to the magnificent bronze sculpture of the Assumption in that Cathedral, I read a plaque which beautifully describes why we celebrate the Assumption of Mary.
"Since Mary has shared so intimately in the mission of her son, it is fitting that she should be the first to experience the fullness of his victory over death. Here [in the Assumption of Mary], we see the reward of discipleship, as angels carry her bodily into the glory of heaven.
We believe that by taking up our cross and following Jesus, we too will received from him the crown of eternal life. Mary's Assumption offers a sign of hope to the pilgrim Church on earth as we await Christ's return in glory."
God bless you all, Father Robert Letona
I will be out of town August 16th-24th for vacation. If there are any emergencies requiring a priest, please contact one of the neighboring parishes. You will be in my prayers and please say a prayer for my safe travels and return. Thank you.