August 12, 2018
In this reading we find that Elijah is despondent because in spite of his preaching Israel is still full of sin and pagan practices. He wants to give up.
We hear how God feeds Elijah and gives him the strength and encourage to carry on with his mission to prophesy to Israel.
In those moments when we find ourselves down and depressed is the time to remember Elijah and in his most desperate time how he was fed by God and was able to carry on his mission.
The same is true for each of us because in our baptism we were anointed and called to be Priest Prophet and King.
We too are to make God present in the world by our words and especially our actions.
God will always feed us to and give us the courage to carry on. even in the darkest of times.
Saint Paul writes this letter to the Ephesians who are struggling with all kinds of problems and he encourages them to remember that like Christ, they are called to love.
That message is certainly for us too when we are struggling with people.
We too need to pray for the courage to love even the most difficult person, and even the enemy.
God will feed us to enable us to carry on our mission to make God present in the world... Don't try to outguess God as to how He will feed you. Just know He will and probably in the way you may not have thought.
Jesus told the crowd that was around him that he was the bread; that had come down from heaven.
The crowd is disturbed by this because they cannot believe that he came down from heaven when they knew that he came from Nazareth and was the son of Joseph and Mary.
Each of us has been given in our baptism the gift of faith.
We are to make God present in the world by our words and especially by our actions just as Jesus did.
We are to make God present by our understanding, patience, forgiveness, and love even to the enemy, to the one who gives us difficulties and problems.
There will be times, like Elijah and Saint Paul, with all their problems and difficulties. that we too will need to pray to be fed. The gift of the Eucharist, the gift of Jesus himself feeding us, dwelling in us, so that we will carry on our mission making God present in the world by our words and actions.