The stories of Elijah are found in the book of Kings. Midrash continues to be written based on the appearances of Elijah, the one ascended into heaven. The rich stories of our canon are almost buried in the first weeks of the Pentecost season, Year C. In order to fully understand the context of Jesus' ministry, we need to know the richness of the Elijah stories which are echoed in the gospel writings. I have chosen to pair some of the stories as follows:

  • 1 Kings 18:20-39 with Luke 4:1-12
  • 1 Kings 17:8-24 with Luke 9:10-17
  • 2 Kings 2 (and appearance midrash) with Luke 24:44ff
  • The following litany was written to accompany the reading of the Elijah stories.

    We see Elijah calling on the name of God,
    responding to the forces of evil with an appeal to a higher power.

    May we be a people of faith.

    We see Elijah caring for the most vulnerable,
    offering bread to the widow and a healing touch to her child.

    May we be a people of compassion.

    We see Elijah speaking truth to power,
    daring to deliver words of judgement to the King.

    May we be a people of justice.

    We see Elijah ascend in the whirlwind,
    offering the promise of the still unfolding future.

    May we be a people of hope.