Vol: 43, No.35 10TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) June 05 2016  
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; whom should I dread? When those who do evil draw near, they stumble and fall. (Ps 26:1-2)

Both Elijah and Jesus are itinerant preachers. Today’s readings present a delicate situation that these men come across. They encounter two widows each of whom has lost her only child. Both these are men of God but with a difference: Elijah is a prophet of God while Jesus is the Son of God. Elijah revives the child through a prayer addressed to God and Jesus brought the young man back to life by his own power. In both instances we see compassion and an appreciation of the plight of women losing sons. The most ardent prayers that the faithful make to God are for the recovery of a dear one who is seriously ill. There is nothing more precious in this world than the gift of life which God alone can give or take. Do I trust in God when a tragedy or a sad event strikes in my life? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/ through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
O God, from whom all good things come, grant that we, who call on you in our need, may at your prompting discern what is right, and by your guidance do it. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(Elijah’s intense prayer for the revival of the widow’s son is heard by God. The widow in her turn affirms the power of God’s Word and the role of the man of God in the Israelite society).
A reading from the First Book of the Kings 17:17-24
The son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill; and his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. And she said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to cause the death of my son!” And he said to her, “Give me your son.” And he took him from her bosom, and carried him up into the upper chamber, where he lodged, and laid him upon his own bed. And he cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, hast thou brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?” Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this child’s soul come into him again.” And the Lord hearkened to the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
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