Gospel for June 9, 2013, Sunday, 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalter: Week 2
Ps 30:2-4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13
I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
1st Reading: 1 K 17:17-24
After this, the son of this house wife became ill. And such was his illness that he stopped breathing. She then said to Elijah, “What did you do, O man of God? Have you come to uncover past sins and cause my son’s death?”He answered, “Give me your son.” Taking him from her lap, he carried him up to the upper room where he was staying and laid him on his own bed. Then he called on Yahweh, “O Yahweh, my God, will you afflict even the widow with whom I am residing by letting her son die?” Then he stretched himself on the child three times and called on Yahweh, “O Yahweh, my God, let this child’s breath return to him.” Yahweh listened to the pleading of Elijah and the child’s breath returned to him, and he lived.Elijah then took the child and brought him down from the upper room. He gave him to his mother and said, “See, your son is alive.” Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I am certain that you are a man of God, and that your words re- ally came from Yahweh.”
2nd Reading: Gal 1:11-19
Let me remind you, brothers and sisters, that the Gospel we preached to you is not a human message, nor did I receive it from anyone, I was not taught of it but it came to me as a revelation from Christ Jesus. You have heard of my previous activity in the Jewish com- munity; I furiously persecuted the Church of God and tried to destroy it. For I was more devoted to the Jewish religion than many fellow Jews of my age, and I defended the traditions of my ancestors more fanatically.But one day God called me outof his great love, he who had chosen me from my mother’s womb; and he was pleased to reveal in me his Son, that I might make him known among the pagan nations. Then I did not seek human advice nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me. I immediately went to Arabia, and from there I re- turned again to Damascus. Later, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to meet Cephas, and I stayed with him for ﬁfteen days. But I did not see any other apostle except James, the Lord’s brother.
Gospel: Lk 7:11-17
A little later Jesus went to a town called Naim. He was accompanied by his disciples and a great number of people. As he reached the gate of the town, a dead man was being carried out. He was the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; there followed a large crowd of townspeople.
On seeing her, the Lord had pity on her and said, “Don’t cry.” Then he came up and touched the stretcher, and the men who carried it stopped. Jesus then said, “Young men, I say to you, wake up!” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. A holy fear came over them all, and they praised God, saying, “A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people.” This news spread throughout Judea and the surrounding places.
Read: Elijah sees the sorrow of the woman and intercedes before God for the life of her son. Paul speaks of the gratuitous call of God and the gift of revelation. Jesus comforts the widow who lost her son and raises the son back to life. People praise and thank God for His sudden, unexpected appearance among them.
Reflect:Elijah is badmouthed by the woman, but he intercedes for her. Paul persecuted the Church, but Christ’s grace converts him. Jesus raises the son of the widow even when no one asks him to do so. How do I respond to the needs of the people around me? Do I help only those who appreciate me? Do I reach out to my “enemies”? Do I wait to be asked?
Pray: Lord, give me the generosity of heart to intercede for my brothers and sisters in their needs without discrimination, and thus become a visible sign of God’s presence amidst His people.
Listen: I listen to God for His revelation to me, as He revealed His Son to Paul.
Act: Today, I will seek out a person in need and offer my help.
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