Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, 2nd July 2017

‘You are the glory of our strength’

This Sunday’s readings reveal the demands and choices Jesus’s disciples have to make as they share in his new life and carry on his mission.

The Gospel continues Jesus’s teaching on the mission of his disciples. Here we see the cost – but also the generous rewards. In addition, those who welcome the missionary also welcome Jesus himself.

The story in the First Reading illustrates this teaching. God rewards the childless couple who welcome the prophet Elisha into their home with the gift of a child.

The Psalm expresses the joy of the disciple whose faith is not in rules, but in the loving presence of their Lord and leader, and who walks in his light.

St Paul in his letter to the Romans (Second Reading) reminds us that through our baptism we now live a ‘new life’ in the Risen Christ. It is through their life in Christ Jesus that disciples can live the demands of mission.

This week, perhaps I might pray for the grace to follow Christ more closely and welcome him in others.

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