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Vol: 45, No.44 19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( B) August 12 2018  
Look to your covenant, O Lord, and forget not the life of your poor ones for ever. Arise, O God, and defend your cause, and forget not the cries of those who seek you. (Ps 74:20, 19, 22, 23)
The "I am" sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of John are authoritative pronouncements. In this Gospel there are seven "I am" statements as there are seven "signs" or miracles. In today's gospel Jesus speaks about himself as the "bread of life". I am the "Good Shepherd" and I am the "True Vine" are some of the other "I am" sayings. Jesus calling himself as the "bread of life" is a new revelation but the idea of God feeding his people is not new. In the wilderness the people of Israel survived for forty years on the food provided by God out of his graciousness. The entire people of Israel would have perished if God had not provided them food. Elijah who was running from his enemies was miraculously provided food on the strength of which he would walk for forty days and forty nights. How do we value Jesus in the Eucharist? Does the body of Christ that we partake of give us the strength necessary for our spiritual journey? (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God/....
Glory to God ...
Almighty ever-living God, whom, taught by the Holy Spirit, we dare to
call our Father, bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters, that we may merit to enter into the inheritance which you have promised. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...
(Elijah, fleeing from the wicked queen Jezebel without food and water becomes desperate that he wishes to die. But with the divinely provided food and water Elijah gains strength to walk forty days and forty nights).
A reading from the first Book of the Kings (19:4-8)
Elijah went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree; and he asked that he might die, saying, "It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am no better than my fathers." And he lay down and slept under a broom tree; and behold, an angel touched him, and said to him, "Arise and eat." And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came again a second time, and touched him, and said, "Arise and eat, else the journey will be too great for you." And he arose, and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food, forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.
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