First Reading 2 Kings 4; 8:11, 14-169
Psalm Ps 89: 2-3, 16-19
Second Reading Romans 6: 3-4, 8-11
Gospel Matthew 10:37-42
The account of Elisha and the Shunammite woman in the first reading begins the story of doing for others, of generosity and hospitality that passes through the ages and to us today. The story shows Elisha rewarding the woman for her kindness. It is a minor incident in the life of a prophet, but it reminds us that God rewards those who are charitable to His friends.
In the first part of the Gospel, Christ tells His representatives, the Apostles, and those who succeed them down through the centuries and to today that they are to be prepared to give up much; Even, if called, to give up their very lives in the name of Jesus. While I may not be called upon to give up my life, I am called upon to accept, welcome, and love those whose lives are intertwined with mine. I am called to share that same gracious generosity and hospitality as the Shunammite woman.
No matter the cost to me, the reward is great. Jesus said that even a cup of water will not go unrewarded. So everything, large or small, I can do for others will help me and them as we work toward receiving the greatest reward of all – Eternal Life
O God you love and care for every person. Help me to respect everyone as Jesus showed us and reminds us that you said that anyone who welcomes someone welcomes me. Help me to welcome the poor, the stranger, the lonely, the sad, everyone. I know I welcome you, Jesus, in everyone I meet.
Dot Lindsey, Associate