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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 7, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


We hold on so tightly to what we have and are afraid to let go.  Thinking many thoughts about what if we did? It will surely run out, all will be lost, never give everything always keep something hidden, to each his own.

What do we truly own? What did we create on our own? Everything we have comes from the Lord our God.  Before we were formed in our mother’s womb He knew us, fashioned us in His likeness and we were born into a family. His family! How then can we start thinking we are alone? We are individuals fending for ourselves and it is a matter of survival, survival of the fittest.

We are made to be a light for one another. To love and care for one another. The more we surrender into the hands of our Lord, He gives us back and in abundance so that we can use it to better the lives of our brethren. In doing so our very own lives are enriched and filled with His grace. This is truly how we give Him praise, how we glorify Him and how we give Him thanks.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
1 Kings 17:7-16

The stream in the place where Elijah lay hidden dried up, for the country had no rain. And then the word of the Lord came to Elijah, ‘Up and go to Zarephath, a Sidonian town, and stay there. I have ordered a widow there to give you food.’ So he went off to Sidon. And when he reached the city gate, there was a widow gathering sticks; addressing her he said, ‘Please bring me a little water in a vessel for me to drink.’ She was setting off to bring it when he called after her. ‘Please’ he said ‘bring me a scrap of bread in your hand.’ ‘As the Lord your God lives,’ she replied ‘I have no baked bread, but only a handful of meal in a jar and a little oil in a jug; I am just gathering a stick or two to go and prepare this for myself and my son to eat, and then we shall die.’ But Elijah said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, go and do as you have said; but first make a little scone of it for me and bring it to me, and then make some for yourself and for your son. For thus the Lord speaks, the God of Israel:

“Jar of meal shall not be spent, jug of oil shall not be emptied, before the day when the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth.”’

The woman went and did as Elijah told her and they ate the food, she, himself and her son. The jar of meal was not spent nor the jug of oil emptied, just as the Lord had foretold through Elijah.

Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men.

  ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.’