July 2, 2017

Reading 1 2 Kgs 4:8-11, 14-16a

One day Elisha came to Shunem,
where there was a woman of influence, who urged him to dine with her.
Afterward, whenever he passed by, he used to stop there to dine.
So she said to her husband, “I know that Elisha is a holy man of God.
Since he visits us often, let us arrange a little room on the roof
and furnish it for him with a bed, table, chair, and lamp,
so that when he comes to us he can stay there.”
Sometime later Elisha arrived and stayed in the room overnight.

Later Elisha asked, “Can something be done for her?”
His servant Gehazi answered, “Yes!
She has no son, and her husband is getting on in years.”
Elisha said, “Call her.”
When the woman had been called and stood at the door,
Elisha promised, “This time next year
you will be fondling a baby son.”

We must be hospitable, for we do not know when we are entertaining angels.  We have to treat everyone as if He is Jesus because we are not better than anyone, and we should love as He loves.  The Spirit of God is in all of us, and knowing that requires giving people the utmost respect.

Prayer is so powerful and changes everything.   We need to come to God with everything and never cease praying.  We need to be asking our brothers and sisters about their spiritual needs.  It is often overlooked but must be done in order to care for them in a transcendent way.   God longs to hear from us, and many times we treat prayer as just something else to do or a burden.  We need to use prayer as the communication to God and run into His Arms by telling Him our plans, fears, and joys.  Prayer is an honor, and we should be grateful that we have this access to Him.

Reading 2 Rom 6:3-4, 8-11

Brothers and sisters:
Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into His death?
We were indeed buried with Him through Baptism into death,
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
we too might live in newness of life.

If, then, we have died with Christ,
we believe that we shall also live with Him.
We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more;
death no longer has power over Him.
As to His death, He died to sin once and for all;
as to His Life, He lives for God.
Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin
and living for God in Christ Jesus.

Suffering makes us more like Christ.  We were baptized to His death as well, but because He defeated sin and death, we have life.  He is the only Reason we are alive, and we need to act alive.  So many times we act dead and as slaves to sin because we are not giving Jesus enough credit for His Sacrifice.  It took His one death to save us all, and we must move from the old ways toward new life.  Since He died for us, we have to live for Him.

Gospel Mt 10:37-42

Jesus said to His Apostles:
“Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me,
and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me;
and whoever does not take up His cross
and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives Me,
and whoever receives Me receives the One who sent me.
Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet
will receive a prophet’s reward,
and whoever receives a righteous man
because he is a righteous man
will receive a righteous man’s reward.
And whoever gives only a cup of cold water
to one of these little ones to drink
because the little one is a disciple—
amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

Don’t we all love our families with every inch of our fiber? The wording may come off a little harsh, but this is to show how serious Jesus is about prioritizing Him.  He must be Number One in our lives.  Nothing is to come before Him in our hearts, minds, or souls.  We cannot think so highly of ourselves, goals, dreams, wants, and passions that God gets put on the back burner.  When we put our happiness and peace not in Him, it just results in failure.   Every answer we seek is Jesus.  We can gain the world and lose our soul, and then what ?  We will all have pain and things we love but despite that all, our eyes need to be fixed on our Savior.






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