Word for the Weekend: August 9

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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 of collapsing under a broom tree (above) 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) will remind us that Jesus is "the living bread that came down from heaven..."

Question: what hungers make us collapse?  what nourishment will restore us?

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."  That's a wonderful image to ponder: the fragrant aroma of Christ...

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