Posted by: fvbcdm | June 16, 2015

Feast of Saint John Regis (16 June 2015)

In the Book of Kings, we have that nice little story of the prophet Elijah being taken care of by God when there was a drought in the area of what is now Palestine and Lebanon. He was directed by God to go up the coast to a town near Sidon in Lebanon, and there a widow would take care of him. He found her outside the town, gathering firewood. He asked her for water, and for food. She told him she had only enough flour and oil to make a little bread for herself and her son, and then they would die because there would be nothing more to eat. He told her to use what she had to make him a little loaf of bread, and that the Lord would provide for them in the future. The widow believed the prophet; she used the last of her supplies to feed him, and then there was more flour and oil in her crockery containers. And more, and more, and more. For an entire year, until the end of the drought, the widow and her son and the prophet Elijah ate bread made from the seemingly inexhaustible ingredients in the widow’s jar of flour and jug of oil.

We can be sure that the child Jesus was taught this story of the great prophet of long ago, and that as he, as a small boy, watched his mother using flour and oil to make bread, they talked about the widow of Zarephath and her miraculous supply of flour and oil. When he grew to manhood, he would several times feed tremendous crowds with a very small amount of food, and then, on the night before he died, he would give to his Church the ongoing miracle and gift of the Holy Eucharist whereby the entire Christian world is nourished from the ciboria and cups which will never go empty or run dry, and which contain not merely natural food and drink, but Jesus himself under the appearance of bread and wine. Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.


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