The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost, August 12, 2018
Old Testament: 1 Kings 19:1–8
Epistle: Ephesians 4:17–5:2
Gospel: John 6:35–51
In light of our continuing Gospel reading g from John, this week we see references to food throughout the other propers. “You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Introit). Jesus is the “true bread that gives life to the world” (Collect). Like Elijah in the Old Testament Reading, the multitudes on the grassy Galilean hillside needed real, physical food but, as always with our Lord, there is more. The “more” is Christ himself, because every good gift we receive—temporal and eternal— is specifically and directly a result of Jesus’ death on the cross reconciling us to God: “as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Eph 5:2, Epistle).