Year B, Lectionary 116
1 Kings 19:4-8
"Taste and see the goodness of the Lord. Today’s responsorial psalm makes think of a few years ago, when my family and I went to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and attended the outdoor Mass celebrated by Pope Francis."
Joseph LaCombe. "Taste and See." A Catholic Moment. August 12, 2018
"I’m almost certain I’m not the only preacher whose sermon preparation is challenging when this bit of the lectionary’s three-year cycle comes round. Even looking back on notes I’ve made in the past, I can see how I’ve wrestled with it over the years. Often, there is the enticing temptation to preach on a moral or a pastoral issue, or on a series of them. But this year I’ve decided to listen to this discourse..."
Fr. David Edward Rocks. "They Will All Be Taught By God." Torch. August 11, 2018
"In the world of human needs and continuous hunger for spiritual and material food, Jesus proposes us the bread of life-himself as the only food for sustainance in our journey to meeting God. He draws us to pause awhile in our insatiable lust and the priority we place on perishable material needs to appreciating the lasting food-himself the life-giving bread and the first of all human needs. The food that he gives is meant to..."
Father Lawrence Obilor. "The Eucharist. Bread of the pilgrims to heaven." A Catholic Moment. August 8, 2021
"Elijah was a brave prophet who tried to get the people of Israel, and their faithless king Ahab, to come back to worship of the true God. Single-handedly he had staged a contest with 400 prophets of Ba’al to see whose God would produce fire to burn up a sacrificial bull. He had won – or at least the true God of Israel had won. It was a great triumph. But afterwards his morale slumped,..."
Fr. Colin Carr. "Listen and Eat." Torch. August 3, 2021
"Some years ago, in a last ditch attempt to develop some sort of competence in Latin, I spent a considerable amount of time reading and translating the Rule of St. Benedict. One of the features that stands out in the text is Benedict’s passionate dislike for what he calls murmuratio – which we might translate as murmuring, or perhaps grumbling. This is an interior restlessness and discontentment which makes its way effortlessly from the heart..."
Fr. Robert Gay. "A Calm Spirit?." Torch. August 5, 2015
"Can man live on bread alone? Well, in Elijah’s case the answer might be, ‘yes’. He thinks he is no better than his ancestors but actually that is far from the truth; because we don’t find him complaining like them about the lack of food in the wilderness. Conscious of his own inadequacy as a prophet he entrusts his soul to God. It is a lovely irony that just because Elijah gives priority to the..."
Fr. John Patrick Kenrick. "Do Not Waver, Hold Fast." Torch. August 12, 2012
"This is the third week that we have been listening to St John's discourse on the bread of life, and still the crowd are struggling to understand what he is talking about, and the preacher is probably also struggling to find something new to say!"
Fr. Timothy Radcliffe. "The Bread of Love." Torch. August 9, 2009
"A scone, baked on hot stones, and a jar of water --- on which Elijah travelled a considerable way. One can't, however, help feeling that a jar of wine would both have been more nourishing and more appetising. And, considering the way in which such stories have a prophetic content in themselves, a jar of wine would also have been more appropriate as a pointer to the Eucharist of the New Testament."
Fr. Giles Hibbert. "Food of Life." Torch. August 10, 2003