We like to think of Jesus bringing peace and joy, healing and inspiration as he traveled from village to village with his disciples. But at this point in Luke’s Gospel he is making his way to Jerusalem, where he knows what he will face, and his message has become sobering. The road to redemption is difficult. Jesus knew that sin and evil must be confronted. Our own encounters with sin and evil can be divisive, as Jesus warned his disciples. Let us pray for the will and the courage to stand up for what is right and good and holy, no matter the consequences.
August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but it is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year since it is on a Monday, so daily Mass is at 8:15am in English at St. James and 7pm in Spanish at St. Leo.
August 19th is the Feast of St. John Eudes, with Mass at 10:30am. Please call the office to register for the barbecue after Mass on the hall patio.