Sunday, August 11, 2024
The readings for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B demonstrate that God sustains us. In the first reading (1 Kings 19:4-8) Elijah wants to give up, but the Lord gives him strength to continue. The psalm (Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9) declares “Taste and see how good the Lord is; blessed the man who takes refuge in him. In the second reading (Ephesians 4:30—5:2) we are encouraged to live as Jesus Christ showed us. And in the gospel (John 6:41-51), people are doubting Jesus, but he declares that he is the bread of life.
So these readings could lead to a discussion of the Eucharist or the importance of not giving up. Here are some ideas: