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Year of Mission - The beautiful narrative from today’s first reading presents us with a man on the run – Elijah.
He’s fed up and he’s had enough! The food that he is offered – a simple scone and some water – nourishes and strengthens him
to continue his journey a little further. Without that food the Lord offers him, he will wither and fade; with it he is
encouraged and enlivened. What is offered to us in the gift of the Eucharist is life. We come to encounter the Lord who
feeds us with his very self in our own weariness, sadness, loneliness, fear and desperation. We come to Mass sometimes fed
up and with that feeling of wanting to give up. Christ reaches out to us in that weariness only to encourage us in the
Eucharist, enliven us in the Eucharist and love us in the Eucharist. May the gift we receive this Sunday enable us to be
something of the Lord’s encouragement to others ... may they find strength from the Lord they encounter in us.
(Fr Christopher Whitehead)
Noah’s Camp, Dymock, Gloucestershire, runs from Monday 13th to Friday 17th August and whilst being Catholic, is for everyone of all denominations and ages. Each day there will be times of prayer, worship, talks and Mass. Children and youth streams will run alongside the adult sessions. The aim of the Camp is to foster strong relationships within families of all shapes and sizes, and to know God’s love in a deeper way. Day tickets available. For more information see https://www.noahscamp.co.uk or ring 07961 346343.