Reading 1, Sirach 48 : 1-14
1 Until like fire a prophet appeared, his words a flaming furnace.
2 The staff of life, their bread, he shattered, and in his zeal he made them few in number.
3 By God’s word he shut up the heavens and three times brought down fire.
4 How awesome are you, ELIJAH! Whose glory is equal to yours?
5 You brought a dead body back to life from Sheol, by the will of the LORD.
6 You sent kings down to destruction, and nobles, from their beds of sickness.
7 You heard threats at Sinai, at Horeb avenging judgments.
8 You anointed the agent of these punishments, the prophet to succeed in your place.
9 You were taken aloft in a whirlwind, in a chariot with fiery horses.
10 You are destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD, To turn back the hearts of parents toward their children, and to re-establish the tribes of Israel.
11 Blessed is the one who shall have seen you before he dies!
12 When Elijah was enveloped in the whirlwind, ELISHA was filled with his spirit; He worked twice as many marvels,i and every utterance of his mouth was wonderful. During his lifetime he feared no one, nor was anyone able to intimidate his will.
13 Nothing was beyond his power; and from where he lay buried, his body prophesied.
14 In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds.
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 97: 1- 7
1 The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice; let the many islands be glad.
2 Cloud and darkness surround him; justice and right are the foundation of his throne.
3 Fire goes before him, consuming his foes on every side.
4 His lightening illumines the world; the earth sees and trembles.
5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.
6 The heavens proclaim his justice; all peoples see his glory.
7 All who serve idols are put to shame, who glory in worthless things; all gods bow down before him.
Gospel, John 6:51-58
7 In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
8 Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. The Lord’s Prayer.
9 “This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread;
12 and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
13 and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.
14 If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.