Vol: 43, No.38 13TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) June 26 2016  
All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy! (Ps 46:2)

Today’s liturgy centres on the theme of discipleship. God calls and the prospective candidates are expected to respond immediately without conditions. Men and women who respond positively enter into a deeper relationship with God whereas those who do not make up their mind or attach conditions go into oblivion. From the rebuke of Elijah to Elisha who pleaded with Elijah for time to say farewell to his family we understand that Elijah only grudgingly gave permission to Elisha. But Jesus is more radical regarding discipleship. Many people who wanted to follow him were not able because they were not able to renounce their possessions or break away from family ties. Discipleship is a spontaneous and sudden response to the call of God. What is the quality of our discipleship? What can we return to the Lord for having chosen us? (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, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. 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.
(This reading presents an account of the call of Elisha to the prophetic mission. Obeying God’s command, Elijah anoints Elisha as his successor).
A reading from the First Book of the Kings (19:16,19-21)
The Lord said to Elijah, “Go; Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah, you shall anoint to be prophet in your place.” So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was ploughing, with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his mantle upon him. And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again; for what have I done to you?” And he returned from following him, and took the yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah, and ministered to him.
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