The laburnum trees in our garden have flowered very prolifically this year, and clearly this squirrel thought that being near one was a good place to be!

Here is today’s Old Testament reading, from the Book of Kings: ‘Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” And the word of the Lord came to him, “Depart from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, that is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord; he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook’.

These words have strong Eucharistic overtones for the Christian, and they are especially poignant in these days of Eucharistic deprivation. The words of St Thérèse of Lisieux are timely: ‘I feel in my heart immense desires and it is with confidence I ask You to come and take possession of my soul. Ah! I cannot receive Holy Communion as often as I desire, but, Lord, are You not all-powerful? Remain in me as in a tabernacle and never separate Yourself from your little victim’.

May you know God’s presence in your soul with certainty this day, and may He bless you.