Here is part of today’s Old Testament reading, from Jeremiah: ‘Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit’.

Trees that survive and, indeed, thrive, in desert conditions, are those that sink their roots deep into the ground, sourcing underground water courses. So it is with us. We need deep spiritual roots  and the firm foundation of faith to draw up the life of God, the bread of life, into our soul.

Here is part of St John of the Cross’ poem, ‘Song of the soul that rejoices in knowing God through faith’: ‘For I know well the spring that flows and runs, / although it is night. // That eternal spring is hidden, / for I know well where it has its rise, / although it is night. // This eternal spring is hidden in this living bread for our life’s sake, / although it is night. // This living spring that I long for, / I see in this bread of life, / although it is night’.

May you know the deep consolation and love of God that comes through the Eucharist, and may God bless you this day.