Jesus says that the bread he gives for the life of the world is his flesh, and whoever eats this bread has eternal life now and will be raised on the last day. In Ephesians Paul tells us what this life Jesus gives us looks like, this life we live as those marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit in baptism. We live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us. The whole purpose of life is giving yourself for the other.
Readings and Psalm
First Reading: 1 Kings 19:4-8
Psalm: Psalm 34:1-8
the praise of God shall ever be | in my mouth.
2I will glory | in the Lord;
let the lowly hear | and rejoice.
3Proclaim with me the greatness | of the Lord;
let us exalt God’s | name together.
4I sought the Lord, who | answered me
and delivered me from | all my terrors.
5Look upon the Lord| and be radiant,
and let not your faces | be ashamed.
6I called in my affliction, and | the Lord heard me
and saved me from | all my troubles.
7The angel of the Lord encamps around those who | fear the Lord
and de- | livers them.
8Taste and see that the | Lord is good;
happy are they who take ref- | uge in God!