Today we are afforded the opportunity to sit back as Mary did and listen to the Lord speak. We hear the Lord speak to Abraham, assuring him that his wife, Sarah, will finally bear a son. We hear the Lord speak to Martha and Mary, assuring them of the importance of listening and learning. We hear the Lord speak, as we do each Sunday, in the breaking of the bread. Let us listen and hear what the Lord says to us.
The old tradition indicates that Saint Christopher, who was a Roman soldier, was baptized by a hermit and, with his advice, settled on the river, helping travelers. He died for his faith during persecution during the reign of Emperor Decius (around 250). As their patron saint, Saint Christopher worshiped carriers, porters, rafters and pilgrims. Today he is venerated as the patron of drivers, and his image decorates many vehicles. St. Christopher is commemorated in the liturgy of the Catholic Church on July 25th. The following weekend, July 27th and 28th, I will be blessing all vehicles after Masses in the church parking lot.
Traditionally on a Mission Weekend, we are host to a missionary who shares with us the joys and challenges of churches in mission countries. This year (August 3rd and 4th) we will have a special guest, Brother Donald Tardif, a member of Brothers of the Sacred Heart. The Brothers of the Sacred Heart are religious educators who staff schools and other establishments in over thirty countries. Your contribution will especially benefit needy students in the African Countries of Kenya, Lesotho, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Please be as generous as you can.
Let us keep in our prayers all farmers and gardeners asking God for an abundant harvest of their work.
God bless you,