Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 27 A..D. 2010
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:
Last weekend, thousands of graduates jubilantly threw their mortar boards in the air to acknowledge their "rite of passage" into adulthood. While the road to accomplishing their dreams will be difficult, and their success uncertain, there are a confidence and buoyancy in young hearts that is always refreshing to their parents and teachers. They, too, had that energy when they began their life's journey. The Scripture readings for this Sunday are all about "journey"!
In the Gospel, Jesus invites His followers to accompany Him on 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 around Him. He tries His best to warn them of difficulties along the way. He Himself knows of the death that awaits Him in Jerusalem, as well as the final triumph of Resurrection.
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 slaughters his livestock so that those who are dependent on him will be well-provided.
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 true followers and friends of Jesus. Only this kind of discipleship will bring success to their mission.
Today we pray that our graduates, so full of enthusiasm, will identify their journey through life with the goals and requirements of Christ and His disciples.
~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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