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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 15, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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We see Elisha in this first reading and we think to ourselves yeah no we are no Elisha let alone Elijah! These were set apart by the Lord our God.

How is it that we have forgotten that by our baptism and confirmation we too are set apart, made Holy unto to the Lord our God! Did we also forget Jesus’s own words to us when He said “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12

So then all the formation we have received over the years in our Parish or elsewhere  how have we put it to use? All the graces upon graces received at retreats and even at Holy Eucharist what have we done with them? How many disciples have we made being disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ? How many who did not know Him now do, through our love, words and actions? Have we done anything for our Lord?

Or have you done something and paraded what you have done before your brethren to attract their notice? Perhaps going around through the pews to be seen, and greeting those you are familiar with while they are praying preparing for Holy Eucharist? Or are you ever eager to declare “I did this, I did that!” qualifying them by saying all for the Lord! Pray then that you do not lose your reward in Heaven.

Thank You Jesus for drawing me ever closer to Your bosom over the years and the many blessings and graces You have showered upon me. Help me to remain Your humble servant, a powerful instrument of Your grace for others. Amen

First reading

2 Kings 2:1,6-14 ·

Elijah is taken up to heaven

This is what happened when the Lord took Elijah up to heaven in the whirlwind: Elijah and Elisha set out from Gilgal, Elijah said, ‘Elisha, please stay here, the Lord is only sending me to the Jordan.’ But he replied, ‘As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you!’ And they went on together.

    Fifty of the brotherhood of prophets followed them, halting some distance away as the two of them stood beside the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water; and the water divided to left and right, and the two of them crossed over dry-shod. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Make your request. What can I do for you before I am taken from you?’ Elisha answered, ‘Let me inherit a double share of your spirit.’ ‘Your request is a difficult one’ Elijah said. ‘If you see me while I am being taken from you, it shall be as you ask; if not, it will not be so.’ Now as they walked on, talking as they went, a chariot of fire appeared and horses of fire, coming between the two of them; and Elijah went up to heaven in the whirlwind. Elisha saw it, and shouted, ‘My father! My father! Chariot of Israel and its chargers!’ Then he lost sight of him, and taking hold of his clothes he tore them in half. He picked up the cloak of Elijah which had fallen, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.

    He took the cloak of Elijah and struck the water. ‘Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?’ he cried. He struck the water, and it divided to right and left, and Elisha crossed over.

Gospel

Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

Your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be careful not to parade your good deeds before men to attract their notice; by doing this you will lose all reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you; this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win men’s admiration. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; your almsgiving must be secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.

    ‘And when you pray, do not imitate the hypocrites: they love to say their prayers standing up in the synagogues and at the street corners for people to see them; I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you pray, go to your private room and, when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.

    ‘When you fast do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do: they pull long faces to let men know they are fasting. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.’