The gestures and words are familiar to any Catholic. They are used at every Mass. They were used at the last supper. He took the bread…blessed it…broke it … and gave it to them. The celebration of the Mass, the Eucharist would be nothing but a romantic or aesthetic sensation if we forget that at the heart of it is the self-giving of Jesus. The sacrifice of yourself for others is the single foundation of every Community, Family or Household. Unite yourself with the Lord, then in a fruitful and acceptable offering for the life of the world. Each day at Mass we are nourished at the Lords table and filled with His riches. So be ready to break the bread of your life. The first reading toady contains an invitation, addressed to the exiles in Babylon, to come to the banquet. the banquet stands for the life of love and friendship God wishes to share with his people.
As we enter into August many of you are or hoping to travel. To find rest, refreshment, and healing. The people in the gospel passage today (Matthew 14:13-21), followed Jesus to a lonely place in order to listen to his words to seek healing. I hope you find some solace, rest and refreshment in these strange Covid August days. The invitation of the Lord to come aside and rest, to be refreshed by him in the Eucharist, the Holy Mass is always offered to us.
We would like to thank all those who have sent their condolences, Mass cards and letters of sympathy following the death and funeral of Fr Freddie Jackson. We and Fr Freddie's family have been incredibly touched by your kindness and remembrance of Fr Freddie.
We take this opportunity to extend our condolences to David Ko and his family for the loss his father Michael Ko.