June 28, 2020
In this first reading we hear of Elisha who was the disciple of Elijah and prophesied in Israel during the second half of the eighth century B.C.
The reading tells us that God rewards those who are kind and charitable.
The woman and her and her husband go out of their way to care for Elisha the prophet when he passes by their house.
She was barren and had no son. Both she and her husband were elderly. Remember the tradition of the time was that a son was very important to care for the elderly. Elisha told her that in a year's time she would have a son in her arms. And this happened. God had rewarded her.
To understand Paul's language in this letter we need understand how baptism was done in the primitive church and is now an option in our Church today.
If you have experienced a baptism by total immersion you can see how the words of Saint Paul in this letter really speak.
In baptism we are buried in Christ and we rise with him to new life.
Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin
and living for God in Christ Jesus....Romans 6 today's second readings
Today Gospel gives us a clue as to how we are dead to sin and living for God
We need to pray for a constant conversion or change of heart so we can become more and more the presence of Christ.
Going out of our way for the other even when it is not convenient.
That means not putting ourselves first, but putting ourselves last.
For each of us there will be times when we will fail, but never give up. Failure is always a chance to see ourselves more deeply. We have the knowledge of how merciful God it is and we are willing to start over again and again, always praying for that change of heart, for conversion.