Saturday, June 29, 2019
13th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
1 Kgs 19: 16b, 19 – 21 / Gal 5: 1, 13 – 18 / Lk 9: 51 – 62.
1ST READING: 1 Kgs 19: 16b, 19 – 21
And Elisha, son of Shaphat, from Abel Meholah, you shall anoint as prophet in your place. . .
So Elijah left. He found Elisha, son of Shaphat, who was plowing a field of twelve acres and was at the end of the twelfth acre. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak over him. Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah and said, "Let me say goodbye to my father and mother; then I will follow you." Elijah said to him, "Return if you want, don't worry about what I did." However, Elisha turned back, took the yoke of oxen and slew them. He roasted their meat on the pieces of the yoke and gave it to his people who ate of it. After this, he followed Elijah and began ministering to him.
FROM THE 2ND READING: Gal 5: 1, 13 – 15
Christ freed us to make us really free. So remain firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. . .
You, brothers and sisters, were called to enjoy freedom; I am not speaking of that freedom which gives free rein to the desires of the flesh, but of that which makes you slaves of one another through love. For the whole Law is summed up in this sentence: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and tear each other to pieces, be careful lest you all perish.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Lk 9: 57 – 62
As they went on their way, a man said to Jesus, "I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.."
To another Jesus said, "Follow me." But he answered, "Let me go back now, for first I want to bury my father.." And Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their dead; as for you, leave them and proclaim the kingdom of God."
Another said to him, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family." And Jesus said to him, "Whoever has put his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God."
We are on a journey. Today's readings call our attention to our "ongoing" journey.
In the first reading from the first book of Kings, the journey
continues when Elijah passes on his prophetic task to Elisha to carry on and to be the voice of God to the people of Israel.
In the second reading from Paul's letter to the Galatians, Paul speaks of our continuing struggle to be truly free, a struggle common to all mankind. Paul reminds us to work for and preserve our freedom in Christ, which comes from God, and whose achievement is also a journey for us to find and preserve.
In the Gospel reading from Luke, Jesus begins his crucial journey to Jerusalem, the heart and soul of Israel, to meet his death from which he will rise again.. He journeys from Galilee to Jerusalem in fulfillment of his Father's will and plan for him.
The readings help us in our journey of faith which requires that we move out of our comfort zones and our attachments, find freedom and the will of God in our lives. We journey to free ourselves of whatever makes us unable to respond generously and freely to the Lord.
Jesus must have felt fear and anxiety as he journeyed to Jerusalem and Calvary. We see this fear and anxiety as he prayed to the Father and agonized in the Garden before he was arrested by the Jews. Yet he trusted in his Father's care and love for him.
The Lord invites us to journey with him and to live our lives confident in his trust and love, truly free in Christ. In doing so, we proclaim that God's kingdom is lived in our lives.
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Have a good day!
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