Perhaps it could be said that the first and third readings of the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time really address the question: "Just when and where in our lives will the Lord show up next?"
In the first reading, Elijah fled to the mountain of God, Horeb, to seek refuge with the Lord. He was angry and depressed because Jezebel had sent an army after him to kill him. After he had given a mighty demonstration of God's power against false gods on Mount Carmel, he slew 400 false prophets. This angered Jezebel, so she sought his life.
The readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time are about God inviting us to partake of His goodness so that we might find our true purpose in life.
The first reading from Isaiah speaks to human needs that are much deeper than physical hunger and thirst. When the Lord invites His people to come and drink fresh water, receive grain and eat, drink wine and milk, He is speaking more to their spiritual needs than to their physical needs.
The dry desert makes the body thirsty in the same way that worldliness causes our spirits to thirst for Him.
In the first reading of the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the young king Solomon has been chosen to be king of Israel, even though he's very young and inexperienced in leadership. God appears to Solomon in a dream and invites him to ask for a gift and He will give it to him.
Solomon could have asked for the gift of administration, or leadership training, or a council of elders to help him rule. Instead, he asks for "an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong."
The readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time are simply a celebration of man's frailty and God's willingness to reach out and enrich mankind with His goodness.
The first reading sets the stage when the author tells us: "But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency, and with much lenience you govern us ... and you gave your children good ground for hope that you would permit repentance for their sins."
On the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Church celebrates two of its greatest leaders. Peter was the leader of the apostles and of the universal Church, and Paul was the leader of the Gentiles.
The Church celebrates these two heroes because Christ celebrated His life in them as they set the tone for evangelizing the unfolding Church. Jesus had spent three years evangelizing Peter, and then after Jesus rose from the dead, He gave Paul a crash course in repentance. This crash course was so profound that it energized Paul's ministry to the Gentiles for the rest of his life.