Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Scripture Reading
The first reading from 1 Kings 19:4-8
Elijah went a day's journey into the desert, until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it. He prayed for death saying: "This is enough, O LORD! Take my life, for I am no better than my fathers." He lay down and fell asleep under the broom tree, but then an angel touched him and ordered him to get up and eat. Elijah looked and there at his head was a hearth cake and a jug of water. After he ate and drank, he lay down again, but the angel of the LORD came back a second time, touched him, and ordered, "Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you!" He got up, ate, and drank; then strengthened by that food, he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb.
We can relate to Elijah especially at the times when we feel intense desolation in our ‘journey into the desert’ that we just want to give up. As the angel touched Elijah; our guardian angel touches us and prompt us to ‘get up and eat’. So, we do. We get up and receive the Holy Eucharist, food from Heaven that strengthens and nourishes us so that we can continue through our spiritual journey and be in union with Jesus as He too went into the desert for forty days and forty nights.
Let us pray the Lord’s Prayer.