Reflection from Fr. Taylor: July 2, 2017, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a   Romans 6:3-4, 8-11   Matthew 10:37-42

This Sunday’s readings focus on relationships and our unity in community. Elijah and Elisha were prophets from the Old Testament. God grants salvation to all of us despite our sin and wants us to pass this forgiveness on to others.

The Gospel goes right to the heart of the message of Jesus in that we have to decide who we are going to follow and why. The implication is not that anyone should leave their family and family responsibilities but it has to be in the context of serving the Lord. Often we can have a lot of good relationships which cause us to be at odds with our priorities. Whatever they are they have to be in line with following Jesus and the Holy Gospel. We must take up the cross.

There are many contradictions that come our way in life. The most important thing is that we have decided to follow Jesus. Some of us live in ways that make clear that our relationship with the Lord is our primary commitment, no matter what our state of life is. During the summer months let us think of this as we go about our good deeds in serving the needs of others. As we meet new people and acquaintances, especially if we happen to be away,  let’s see these as opportunities to appreciate the differences that we have and know that we complement each other in the name of the Lord.



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