Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 1, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Galatians 5:1, 13-18
A reflection on today's Scripture:
How is Your Journey?
Even though July 4th falls on a Wednesday this year, millions of people will celebrate Independence Day this weekend. This most glorious of all holidays marks our courageous break from a tyrannous King, when a few brave leaders called all citizens of the American colonies to risk their lives, their fortunes, and family ties in the cause of freedom.
The Scripture readings for this Sunday also invite us to a freedom trail. God's word invites all faithful Christians to accompany Jesus as He begins his journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. It is a journey filled with the excitement of healings, miracles, and the rich wisdom of Jesus' preaching to the people who eagerly crowded about Him. This journey will take ten chapters of Luke's gospel all the way to the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, this coming November!
The theme of God's call begins with the first reading from the Book of Kings. Here we read that Elijah is tired out and wants to die. So God allows him to retire. First, though, he must pass on his prophetic powers to young Elisha, son of a rich landowner. Dramatically, he throws his cloak around Elisha's shoulders, and tells him to leave everything and follow him. Reluctantly, he allows Elisha to bid goodbye to his family first. Elisha burns his plow and throws a great party before leaving.
Jesus, in today's Gospel, demands more than Elijah, saying to his disciples, "No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God." Nothing less than unconditional surrender of our wills, our goods, and any sinful attachments are required if we are to be a true follower and friend of Jesus. Only this kind of discipleship will bring us true freedom. If we can't come up to Christ's standards, then we cannot be his disciples. We are merely His admirers!
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)
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