In celebration of the Valencia City Water District’s anniversary, a holy mass was offered by the agency today, August 2, 2021, at San Agustin Parish Church presided by the Bishop Elect Noel P. Pedregosa, as thanksgiving for the 41 years of VCWD’s continued service to the city of Valencia.

Today’s gospel ventured on the five loaves and two fish that are the only food left to feed the crowd of five thousand men, beside women and children in a deserted place, at late hour in the evening. Worried about how the food will suffice the crowd, the disciples told Jesus to let the crowd away to find food for themselves. But, Jesus let the crowd sit, and, taking the five loaves and two fish, he looked up to the heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and the crowd all ate and were filled, and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.

The gospel is a reflection of Jesus’ carrying out works of mercy, and is a scenario of what happens in our lives everyday – the transformation of humble elements into what satisfies human and is a sign of God’s abundant gift. In this 41st year, may we all be reminded that the story of the gospel is more than just feeding the physical hunger, but in getting fully involved in the lives of those in need.

The gospel also teaches the value of trusting God in the most unlikely moment – to know how to sit down in trust in the moment of crisis. May this institution be filled with the Lord’s abundance of grace, to continue serving the public despite this challenging and uncertain times.