for Sunday, August 12, 2012
Jesus brings us life and strength every day, even when we pay no attention
to Him. Today He invites us to know Him more and to know His presence as
our sustenance. We are always walking through a desert and always need
food and drink.
The First Book of Kings today speaks to us about Elijah, one of God's
chosen prophets. Real prophets are often told to do the impossible and
then God helps them do what seemed impossible. We modern Christians are
supposed to be prophets in our world today, proclaiming the word of God by
our way of living and loving others.
For Elijah, God sends the food that is necessary. One small meal was
enough for Elijah to walk forty days and forty nights to meet the Lord.
Two things strike us immediately: how could that possibly be enough food?
Why forty days and forty nights?
Food from heaven is always more sustaining that regular food. When God
gives us food, it sustains us beyond what we can imagine. Forty is almost
always a symbol of the limit of endurance. Jesus fasts for forty days and
forty nights when he goes into the wilderness. The chosen people wander
for forty years in the desert. Moses speaks to God for forty days and
forty nights on the mountain. When the floods come in the time of Noah, it
rains for forty days and forty nights.
God will always take care of us, to the very limit of our endurance. God
always sustains us. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. All the
Lord asks of us is that we be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving
one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. It always sound so simple.
Why is it so difficult to live this way?
Only if we choose to be fed with the food from heaven will we have the
strength we need to live for God and to love one another. Let us open our
hearts today to understand this God who loves us and sends us His Son as
food. Let us eat the bread of heaven and drink to blood of the Son of God
so that we can live.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: 1 Kings 19.4-8
Second Reading: Ephesians 4.30 – 5.2
Gospel: John 6.41-51
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