Nineteenth Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle B
August 12, 2012
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At our baptism we were called by God to be prophets, to make God present in the world for others.
Sometimes that can be an uphill battle.
We, like all prophets. face many difficulties, rejections, and even persecutions.
Yet God continues to call us to continue on the mission He has given to each of us.
If at times we feel like giving up, the readings for this Sunday are great food .
In the first reading, we encounter the prophet Elijah who has just proven to the pagan prophets that their gods do not exist. Thus,Queen Jezebel is out to have Elijah killed, and so he ,filled with frustration, flees for his life. He knows that God has called him, but life continues to be very difficult for him.
After asking God to take his life he, lays down and sleeps. He is truly frustrated.
God has called him to be prophet, but no one will put up with him.
Elijah sees no point of going on.
For sure, at times, all of us have experienced this deep frustration, especially in today's world that seem so turned off to God.
But, God wants this great prophet, as well as us, to continue, and so he is given food for strength and told to continue.
We hear in the second reading, Saint Paul's letter that encourages the primitive Christian community to continue it's mission to make God present in the world by giving to others the love, compassion, and forgiveness that God had for them. We have been given the same mission.
We can sometimes forget just how patient God is with us. We need to reflect on this, we need to prayer to be able to have the same patience, compassion, mercy, and forgiveness to others, and in that way to make God present for others.
But the first step is to see our own sins and just how much God has forgiven and accepted us. That can be difficult for some of us, because we know we are not perfect, but we falsely think we are better than most. To really discover this is a great gift. Only then can we really appreciate what God has done for us.
As baptized and called to be prophets, making God present to others can be frustrating, but God will continue to provide food for us.
We like all the prophets, need to be fed. We are to always continue to make God present in the world for others.
In the Gospel of St. John that we hear today, Jesus tells those around him that He has come down from heaven and He is the food for eternal life.
But no one wants to listen.
In spite of the frustration, Jesus continues.
He is the true food that will strengthen one for the journey to eternal life.
God will provide for us, even today, with this food that gives us the strength and courage to continue the mission we have been given that leads to eternal life.
Especially in the celebration of the Eucharist
He is truly food
He is in the people around us at liturgy
He feeds us with His Word in the scriptures we hear proclaimed
He is in the homily or sermon
He is in the sacred music
And He is most perfectly and completely...
in the Eucharist we share...His Body and Blood
Continue your mission