August 1st 2021
I will always thank the Lord; I will never stop praising him.
I will praise him for what he has done;
may all who are oppressed listen and be glad!
Proclaim with me the Lord's greatness;
let us praise his name together!
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me;
he freed me from all my fears.
The oppressed look to him and are glad;
they will never be disappointed.
The helpless call to him, and he answers;
he saves them from all their troubles.
His angel guards those who honor the Lord
and rescues them from danger.
Find out for yourself how good the Lord is.
Happy are those who find safety with him.
Honor the Lord, all his people;
those who obey him have all they need.
Even lions go hungry for lack of food,
but those who obey the Lord lack nothing good.
Come, my young friends, and listen to me,
and I will teach you to honor the Lord.
Would you like to enjoy life?
Do you want long life and happiness?
Then keep from speaking evil and from telling lies.
Turn away from evil and do good;
strive for peace with all your heart.
The Lord watches over the righteous and listens to their cries;
but he opposes those who do evil,
so that when they die, they are soon forgotten.
The righteous call to the Lord, and he listens;
he rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is near to those who are discouraged;
he saves those who have lost all hope.
Good people suffer many troubles,
but the Lord saves them from them all;
the Lord preserves them completely;
not one of their bones is broken.
Evil will kill the wicked;
those who hate the righteous will be punished.
The Lord will save his people;
those who go to him for protection will be spared.
1 Kings 19:4-8
Elijah walked a whole day into the wilderness.
He stopped and sat down in the shade of a tree
and wished he would die.
"It's too much, Lord," he prayed.
"Take away my life; I might as well be dead!"
He lay down under the tree and fell asleep.
Suddenly an angel touched him and said,
"Wake up and eat."
He looked around and saw a loaf of bread and a jar of water near his head. He ate and drank, and lay down again.
The Lord's angel returned and woke him up a second time, saying, "Get up and eat, or the trip will be too much for you."
Elijah got up, ate and drank,
and the food gave him enough strength to walk forty days to Sinai, the holy mountain.
John 6:35, 41-51
"I am the bread of life," Jesus told them.
"Those who come to me will never be hungry;
those who believe in me will never be thirsty.
The people started grumbling about him, because he said,
"I am the bread that came down from heaven."
So they said,
"This man is Jesus son of Joseph, isn't he?
We know his father and mother.
How, then, does he now say he came down from heaven?"
"Stop grumbling among yourselves.
People cannot come to me
unless the Father who sent me draws them to me;
and I will raise them to life on the last day.
The prophets wrote, "Everyone will be taught by God"
Anyone who hears the Father and learns from Him comes to me.
This does not mean that anyone has seen the Father;
he who is from God is the only one who has seen the Father.
I am telling you the truth:
he who believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate manna in the desert, but they died.
But the bread that comes down from heaven is of such a kind that whoever eats it will not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
If you eat this bread, you will live forever.
The bread that I will give you is my flesh,
which I give so that the world may live."