Elijah asks a starving widow to share her very last provisions with him. Trusting in God's promise, her meager resources last them through an entire year. Our Lord asks us for a similar trusting generosity in times of fatigue and discouragement. The Mass makes present Christ as true spiritual food, enriching enough for our earthly pilgrimage and a gateway to heaven. It also makes present Christ's redemptive sacrifice, powerful enough to overcome all evil and sin. To follow Christ, we need to avoid pharisaical self-righteousness. This is the temptation to trust in ourselves, to make ourselves good, while avoiding the blessed uncertainty and the messy humility of the "way of the grain."