English: Elias was a prophet in Israel in the ...

At one point in the Gospel our Lord draws our attention to the widow of Sarephta, the Gentile woman who feeds the prophet Elijah during the three and a half year’s drought in Israel. She has only a handful of meal in a pot and a little oil in a cruse, enough to allow her and her son to eat only once before they die of famine. But the prophet promises the widow that the meal and the oil will not run out until the day when rain descends once more from heaven. And so it happens.

“Now all these things happened to them in figure.” It is a real event but also has a mystical meaning. The widow is the Church, for her Spouse has died. By God’s power she has a miraculous food and drink which is in appearance negligible but which daily sustains the preachers of divine truth for three and one half years, that is, during the time of imperfection and persecutions, until the Just One once again descends like the rain upon the earth.

“The pot of meal wasted not, and the cruse of oil was not diminished, according to the word of our Lord, which he spoke in the hand of Elias”