Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Elijah in the Desert by Dieric the Elder Bouts
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Ahead is the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and just a click away are the readings for the coming weekend along with background material on the texts. Will you be taking children to Mass on Sunday (or Saturday evening)? Here are some hints for helping them prepare to hear the Word.
Ever feel like just giving up? So did the prophet Elijah and the first scripture this weekend tells his story and how the Lord's nourishment restored him and set him back on the the right path. Elijah was saved by food from heaven and the gospel passage from John (remember, we're taking a summer break from the Marcan sequence) reminds us that Jesus is "the living bread that came down from heaven and that whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that he will give is his flesh for the life of the world.”
The second scripture echoes the Lord's sacrifice reminding us that "Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma."
This is the second weekend of my vacation and I won't be preaching on these texts. If I were, I think I might take my leads from the Elijah's being rescued from the depths of despair and the sweet aroma of Jesus offering himself to the Father, for us. Could it be that we miss the hearth cakes and jugs the Father provides for us, sometimes sleeping through his coming and leaving those gifts for us? If we were more familiar with sacrifice as a fragrant aroma, might the scent of God's gifts and grace more readily wake us to their presence? And how might we come to understand sacrifice (Christ's and our own) as a pleasing fragrance offered to God?
Posted by Austin Fleming at 12:59 PM