9th August, 2015: Nineteenth Sunday of the Year B

1 Kings 19:4-8.
Psalm 34:2-9. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Ephesians 4:30-5:2.
John 6:41-51.

I have always prayed to see the hand of God in all things around me. I wish to give Him credit for all there is. My going to bed and getting up, my movements, my ability to read this, everything about me, material and immaterial, visible and invisible, all I know and have. He is the source of all things. I want to see Him as the source of the food I eat. I want to call Him, ‘my Provider’.

Prophet Elijah was fed in our first reading, and I bet we would not have understood that the feeding only prefigured what was to happen years after with the presence of Christ and His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. This is made know to us by our Gospel reading as Christ offers himself to us, feeding us with His body and blood. ‘The Provider’ has given us the food of eternal life. This is an expression of love which the last sentence of our second reading clearly mentions.

There are times in our lives when our needs are so enormous that our resources cannot afford. Those times are special moments that should remind us about the identity of ‘the Provider’. It is never by our hard work or our resources. It is always by God, and only by Him. That is His goodness, and the Psalmist calls us to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’.

May the Lord bless His word in our hearts.

Written by:
Rev. Fr. Konav Joseph
Sacred Heart Cathedral Warri

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