Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Kings 19.4-8

Elijah went a day’s journey into the wilderness,
and came and sat down under a broom tree,
and he requested for himself that he might die.
He said, “This is enough, O Lord.
Take away my life,
for I am no better than my fathers.”

He lay down and slept under the broom tree,
and behold, an angel touched him
and said to him, “Arise and eat!”
He looked, and behold,
there was at his head a cake baked on the coals,
and a jar of water.
He ate and drank, and lay down again.
The angel of the Lord came again a second time,
and touched him and said,
“Arise and eat, lest the journey be too great for you.”
He arose and ate and drank,
and went on the strength of that food
forty days and forty nights
to Horeb, the mountain of God.

Responsorial – Psalm 34.2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Resp. 9a

R. O taste and see that the Lord is good.

I will bless the Lord at all times.
His praise will always be in my mouth.
My soul shall boast in the Lord.
The humble shall hear of it, and be glad.

R. O taste and see that the Lord is good.

Oh magnify the Lord with me.
Let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.

R. O taste and see that the Lord is good.

They looked to him, and were radiant.
Their faces shall never be covered with shame.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.

R. O taste and see that the Lord is good.

The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good.
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

R. O taste and see that the Lord is good.

Reading 2 – Ephesians 4.30-5:2

Brothers and sisters:
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
with whom you were sealed
for the day of redemption.
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger,
outcry, and slander,
be put away from you,
along with all malice.
And be kind to one another,
tender hearted, forgiving each other,
just as God in Christ forgave you.
Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children.
Walk in love, even as Christ also loved us,
and gave himself up for us,
an offering and a sacrifice to God
for a sweet-smelling fragrance.

Gospel – John 6.41-51

The Jews murmured concerning Jesus,
because he said, “I am the bread
which came down out of heaven.”
They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph,
whose father and mother we know?
How then does he say,
‘I have come down out of heaven?’”

So Jesus answered them,
“Do not murmur among yourselves.
No one can come to me
unless the Father who sent me draws him,
and I will raise him up on the last day.
It is written in the prophets,
‘They will all be taught by God.’
Therefore everyone who listens to the Father,
and has learned, comes to me.

Not that anyone has seen the Father,
except he who is from God.
He has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I tell you,
he who believes in me has eternal life.

I am the bread of life.
Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness,
and they died.
This is the bread which comes down from heaven,
that anyone may eat of it and not die.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven.
If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.
Yes, the bread which I will give
Is my flesh for the life of the world.”

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