I had a subtle change of perspective after this weekends first reading about Elijah.
On the surface, it feels like Elijah had to eat the hearth cake and drink the jug of water. After all, the angel of the Lord does not ask him if he wants to eat or drink, he tells Elijah to eat and drink. Twice.
Sometimes, I must admit, I subconsciously receive Communion each Sunday because Jesus told me to. And quite frankly, that is a good enough reason! But there is more to it than that.
As I thought more about Elijah, I realized that, yes, while the angel did command Elijah to eat and drink, he did so so that Elijah would be nourished for the road ahead.
Likewise, we need to receive the Eucharist each week (or day) so that we are nourished for the week (or day) ahead.
I must admit, I don't often focus on the Eucharist as nourishment for my week ahead. Yes, I use the word nourishment, etc when explaining the Eucharist, but I don't usually think about it as I do the hearth cake and water that Elijah needed for his journey.
Now that I have this slightly new perspective, I have another beautiful image to think about when I receive Jesus each week.
God bless you.