Readings for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 19:1-8; Ephesians 4:17-5:2; John 6:35-51

          Many of us woke up this morning to the sight of a great mess – leaves and tree limbs covering the ground, siding and windows broken, gardens gone and crops damaged. Praise God that no one was hurt! But the task of cleaning up can be a daunting one. We lift up special prayers this morning for those farmers in our community who suffered a greater blow to their months of labor and their livelihood.

It’s in the wake of such storms that we need more than ever to hear Jesus say, “I am the living bread from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (Jn 6) Yes, last evening’s hailstorm inflicted many serious losses on our community. But it could not touch our heavenly inheritance. In times like this God calls us to lift up our eyes off the earthly damage and behold the Bread of Life – the Destroyer of Death – who feeds us faithfully for eternity.

Dear saints, may God fill you with His patience and peace today!