The prophet Elijah – in the first reading at Mass on Sunday, the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – seemed to have no hesitation in asking the widow for food, even when he knew how little she had. He asked inviting her to trust in God, and able to do this with authenticity and in communion with her, because he was himself doing the same thing. As she hungered and went without so had he, so did he, trusting in God’s faithfulness, in God’s providence.
Elijah the Prophet went off to Sidon. And when he reached the city gate, there was a widow gathering sticks; addressing her he said, ‘Please bring me a little water in a vessel for me to drink.’
She was setting off to bring it when he called after her. ‘Please’ he said ‘bring me a scrap of bread in your hand.’
‘As the Lord your…
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