Aug 8, 2021: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Whoever believes has eternal life.

1st Reading – 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.

In today’s first reading, Elijah goes into the desert, not to pray or to recommit himself to his ministry, but to die. The year is approximately 870 BC. Continue reading “Aug 8, 2021: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)”