1 Kings 19:4-8
F1. In this reading sometimes we are Elijah and sometimes we are the hearth cake. Think of times in your life when you wanted to cry, “Enough” and you could have used good food. Did help come? How?
F2. God sent help to Elijah in the form of an angel. What kind of help do you think God would send today? Name some ways you can be the “hearth cake” for a person in a desperate condition.
S1. Do you think you could get better at “being an imitator of God?” How? Is it more likely to happen all at once because you want it to, or a little at a time because you work at letting God into you? If you were going to work at this, where would you start?
S2. Do you know any “imitators of God?” What kinds of things did/do they do?
G1. The crowd murmured when Jesus said he was the bread that came down from heaven. How did knowing his mother and father impact the crowd’s willingness to believe him? Is it easy to accept a “prophet (one who speaks for God) in your own circle of acquaintances? Explain.
G2. “And the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” Explain this statement from the Gospel in the light of what Pope Francis says below. What is one way Jesus gives his flesh for the life of the world now?
As we are nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ, we are assimilated with him; we receive his love within us, not to hold it back selfishly, but rather to share it with others. … Indeed in it we contemplate Jesus, Bread broken and offered, Blood poured out for our salvation. It is a presence which … ignites the desire to make ourselves, too, in union with Christ, bread broken and blood poured out for our brothers and sisters.
Pope Francis Angelus Saint Peter's Square
Sunday, 3 June, 2018
**From Saint Louis University