Elijah went into the wilderness, a day’s journey, and sitting under a furze bush wished he were dead. ‘O Lord,’ he said ‘I have had enough. Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’ Then he lay down and went to sleep. But an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’ He looked round, and there at his head was a scone baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. But the angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat, or the journey will be too long for you.’ So he got up and ate and drank, and strengthened by that food he walked for forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.
First reading for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 19:4-8
Elijah has done all things well and it has taken all he has to offer. His only mistake is to think he has to do it all himself, alone.
With what tenderness and the solicitude the angel of the Lord takes care of him.
- Who cares for you?
- What signs of God’s care have you recognised?
Elijah and the angel. Frederick Leighton. Walker Gallery, Liverpool. (c) 2016, Allen Morris