June 15, 2018 – FRIDAY, 10th Week in Ordinary Time
1 Kgs 19: 9a, 11 - 16 I Mt 5: 27- 32
[Eidul Fitr, End of Ramadan]
FROM THE 1ST READING: 1 Kgs 19: 11 - 16
Then Yahweh said, "Go up and stand on the mount waiting for Yahweh." And Yahweh passed by.
There was first a windstorm; wild wind which rent the mountains and broke the rocks into pieces before Yahweh, but Yahweh was not in the wind. After the storm, an earthquake, but Yahweh was not in the earthquake.. After the earthquake, a fire, but Yahweh was not in the fire. After the fire, the murmur of a gentle breeze. When Elijah perceived it, he covered his face with his cloak, went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
Then he heard a voice addressing him again, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" He answered, "I am burning with jealous love for Yahweh, the God of hosts, because the Israelites have forsaken their covenant, thrown down your altars and slain your prophets with the sword. No one is left but myself, yet they still seek my life to take it away."
Yahweh said to him, "Take the road back through the desert and go to Damascus for you must anoint Hazael as king of Syria; and you shall also anoint Jehu, son of Nimshi as king over Israel, and Elisha, son of Shaphat as prophet in your place."
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mt 5: 31 - 32
Jesus said, "It was also said: anyone who divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce. But what I tell you is this: If a man divorces his wife except in the case of unlawful union, he causes her to commit adultery. And the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery."
In tlie first reading we see Yahweh appearing to the prophet Elijah not in a violent windstorm or earthquake or fire but in "the murmur of a gentle breeze." God does not come in violence but we must be ready and hope to find him in peace and quiet. We should be ready to listen to his quiet and gentle approaches.
Elijah, like so many of God's prophets, was not listened to but was instead persecuted: "No one is left but myself, yet they still seek my life to take it away." Those who preach God's Good News must be ready to be similarly rejected and persecuted: "Fortunate are you, when people insult you and persecute you and speak all kinds of evil against you because you are my followers." (Mt 5: 11)
Like Elijah may we have God's love and the courage to continue to be followers of Christ and messengers of the Good News despite rejection and persecution. In the Gospel reading Jesus declares the indissolubility of Christian marriage.
The following of Christ is not easy: but if we love the Lord, nothing is difficult to give; with God's grace, nothing is impossible.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Jordan A. Obamos
Wilfred & Edna Lee Lim
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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