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December 09, 2018
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Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : 1 Kings 19:4-8

The angel of the Lord came back to him.

  • Elijah, discouraged and fearing for his life, flees into the desert and prays for death.
  • God's answer to his prayer echoes the Exodus and desert experience of Israel.
  • Though he is discouraged and desperate when he flees into the desert, Elijah is transformed by the bread and water sent from God.

Reading II : Ephesians 4:30-5:2

Live in love.

  • Today's passage describes the undeniable love that Christ has shown.
  • Paul reminds the Ephesians that they share in new life with God.
  • Christ gave his life for love of us; we must in turn show love to our neighbor.

Gospel : John 6:41-51

No one can come to me unless my Father draws him or her.

  • Those who hear Jesus describe himself as "bread from heaven", murmur about Jesus being the Bread of Life.
  • This echoes Israel murmuring in the desert about food and water and leadership.
  • The difference between manna and Jesus is that those who ate the manna died, but those who eat the Bread of Life will live forever.