Many people feel a real sense of discouragement and fear about the future. The never-ending stream of incompetent leadership, corruption, lies, populist politics, the ever-rising cost of living, the crime rate – are all deeply discouraging and do not help us feel confident about the future.

Many people also, at this time, feel very discouraged with the Church ­– the ongoing revolting stories of sex abuse by clergy, the fact that many of those in leadership in the Church are themselves rudderless and seem to offer little direction in the reality of people’s lives and context. We can be discouraged about the ever-falling number of people who are active participants in our parish communities or that fact that young people have given up on the Church altogether in many places. This all makes for a grim and rather dispiriting environment.

With our own context in mind, aware perhaps of the discouragement and fear that we feel and sense at this time, let’s unpack the story of Elijah in the Book of Kings, our First Reading this week. What might Elijah in the desert wilderness teach us?

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Scriptures for the Nineteenth Sunday of the Year.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 33; Ephesians 4:30-5:2; & John 6:41-51

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