FIRST READING (Strengthened by that food, he walked to the mountain of God.)
A reading from the first Book of Kings (19:4-8)
Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert, until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it. He prayed for death, saying: “This is enough, O Lord! Take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” He lay down and fell asleep under the broom tree, but then an angel touched him and ordered him to get up and eat. Elijah looked and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. After he ate and drank, he lay down again, but the angel of the Lord came back a second time, touched him, and ordered, “Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you!” He got up, ate and drank; then strengthened by that food, he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb. —The Word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM (34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9)
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord. (Ps 34:9a)
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. Let my soul glory in the Lord; the lowly will hear me and be glad. (R)
Glorify the Lord with me, let us together extol his name. I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. (R)
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. When the afflicted man called out, the Lord heard, and from all his distress he saved him. (R)
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and delivers them. Taste and see how good the Lord is; blessed the man who takes refuge in him. (R)
SECOND READING (Walk in love, just like Christ.)
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians (4:30-5:2)
Brothers and sisters: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.
So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma. —The Word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (Jn 6:51)
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever. (R)
GOSPEL (I am the living bread that came down from heaven.)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (6:41-51)
The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven,” and they said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother? Then how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Stop murmuring among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets: They shall all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” —The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Celebrant: We gather to offer and receive at the altar Christ the Lord, the “living bread which comes down from heaven.” As the Father draws us to his Son, let us pray with compassion for the needs of others.
READER: That the eucharistic Church may express its communion with Christ through a constant ministry of charity and mercy, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: That the Father may draw all the nations to the eternal reign of his Son, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: That those who see little need for God in their lives may be drawn back to the nourishment of the Eucharist through our example, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: That through a deeper reverence, we may recognize Jesus at this altar, “giving himself up in our place as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God,” (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: For all the faithful departed, that Jesus may bring them safely to his side in the heavenly Kingdom, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
CELEBRANT: Father, we believe in you and in your Son, our Eucharist; grant the petitions of this community that we offer in confidence through Christ our Lord, (all) AMEN.