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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: June 25, 2016 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Taking the Call: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 

Readings:

1 Kings 19:16-21
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
Galatians 5:1,13-18
Luke 9:51-62
 

In this week’s First Reading, Elijah’s disciple is allowed to kiss his parents goodbye before setting out to follow the prophet’s call.

But we are called to follow a greater prophet than Elijah, this week’s Liturgy wants us to know.

In Baptism, we have put on the cloak of Christ, are called to the house of a new Father, and have been given a new family in the kingdom of God. We have been called to leave behind our past lives and never look back—to follow wherever He leads.

Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind and his disciple was given a double portion of his spirit (see 2 Kings 2:9-15).

Jesus too, the Gospel reminds us, was “taken up” (see Acts 1:2,11,22), and He gave us His Spirit to live by, to guide us in our journey in His kingdom.

As this week’s Epistle tells us, the call of Jesus shatters the yoke of every servitude, sets us free from the rituals of the old Law, shows us the Law’s fulfillment in the following of Jesus, in serving one another through love.

His call sets our hands to a new plow, a new task—to be His messengers, sent ahead to prepare all peoples to meet Him and enter into His Kingdom.

Elijah called down fire to consume those who wouldn’t accept God (see 2 Kings 1:1-16). But we have a different Spirit with us.

To live by His Spirit is to face opposition and rejection, as the Apostles do in this week’s Gospel. It is to feel like an exile, with no lasting city (see Hebrews 13:14), no place in this world to lay our head or call home.

But we hear the voice of the One we follow in this week’s Psalm (see Acts 2:25-32;13:35-37). He calls us to make His faith our own—to abide in confidence that He will not abandon us, that He will show us “the path to life,” leading us to the fullness of joy in His presence forever.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 25, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Wake up and see that sin is not another buzzword! It is a spawn of evil and draws you in. Do Not give in! Sin blinds you to the truth. It eats at your soul and destroys you. It leads you further and further away from the Lord Your God.

How wonderful if it is to have a loving and merciful Heavenly Father. Sent His only Begotten Son to redeem His children from death and sin. Anyone who cries out to Him even in the dark recesses of darkness, He will come to set them free. His healing graces He bestows on the faithful.

Lord Jesus I am not worthy to receive You, but only say the word and I firmly believe that I can be perfected through You. For it is You alone who makes me worthy. Amen

First reading
Lamentations 2:2,10-14,18-19

Beth

The Lord has pitilessly destroyed all the homes of Jacob; in his displeasure he has shattered the strongholds of the daughter of Judah; he has thrown to the ground, he has left accursed the kingdom and its rulers.

Yod

Mutely they sit on the ground, the elders of the daughter of Zion; they have put dust on their heads, and wrapped themselves in sackcloth. The virgins of Jerusalem hang their heads
down to the ground.

Kaph

My eyes wasted away with weeping, my entrails shuddered, my liver spilled on the ground at the ruin of the daughters of my people, as children, mere infants, fainted
in the squares of the Citadel.

Lamed

They kept saying to their mothers,  ‘Where is the bread?’ as they fainted like wounded men in the squares of the City, as they poured out their souls on their mothers’ breasts.

Mem

How can I describe you, to what compare you, daughter of Jerusalem? Who can rescue and comfort you, virgin daughter of Zion? For huge as the sea is your affliction; who can possibly cure you?

Nun

The visions your prophets had on your behalf were delusive, tinsel things, they never pointed out your sin, to ward off your exile.

The visions they proffered you were false, fallacious, misleading.

Sade

Cry aloud, then, to the Lord,
groan, daughter of Zion; let your tears flow like a torrent,day and night; give yourself no relief, grant your eyes no rest.

Qoph

Up, cry out in the night-time in the early hours of darkness; pour your heart out like water
 before the Lord. Stretch out your hands to him for the lives of your children who faint with hunger at the entrance to every street.

Gospel
Matthew 8:5-17

When Jesus went into Capernaum a centurion came up and pleaded with him. ‘Sir,’ he said ‘my servant is lying at home paralysed, and in great pain.’ ‘I will come myself and cure him’ said Jesus. The centurion replied, ‘Sir, I am not worthy to have you under my roof; just give the word and my servant will be cured. For I am under authority myself, and have soldiers under me; and I say to one man: Go, and he goes; to another: Come here, and he comes; to my servant: Do this, and he does it.’ When Jesus heard this he was astonished and said to those following him, ‘I tell you solemnly, nowhere in Israel have I found faith like this. And I tell you that many will come from east and west to take their places with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob at the feast in the kingdom of heaven; but the subjects of the kingdom will be turned out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.’ And to the centurion Jesus said, ‘Go back, then; you have believed, so let this be done for you.’ And the servant was cured at that moment.

  And going into Peter’s house Jesus found Peter’s mother-in-law in bed with fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.

  That evening they brought him many who were possessed by devils. He cast out the spirits with a word and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah:

He took our sicknesses away and carried our diseases for us.