1 Kings 17:7-14
“Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain…Then the word of the Lord came to [Elijah]: “Go at once to Zarephath…I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.’…When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, ‘Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was gong to get it, he called, ‘And bring me, please, a piece of bread.’…[S]he replied, ‘I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.’ Elijah said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid…For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land.’”
Luke 22:8, 10-12
“Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover…As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there.’”
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…”
Precious Saviour, you are Lord of the feast.
In our time of famine you accepted the meal that spoke of impending death. You conquer hunger forever as we share bread with you.
Prepare our hearts to receive you in humble communion. Take our last handful of flour and oil, and in your mercy furnish a miracle.
Because of Christ we come empty to your table each day, and find everlasting life.
Listen to ‘In the Silence of Beginning’ by Chris Juby