Vol: 44, No.37 13TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) July 02 2017  
All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy! (Ps 46:2)

Hospitality is a virtue that is still practised. We visit people and places that are hospitable to us thereby widening our horizons and meeting new peoples and places. The woman of Shunem felt obliged to build a room for Elisha whom she considered as a man of God. So much was the admiration and love the woman showed to Elisha that he felt obliged to return a favour to her. The gift of a son that eluded the elderly couple was the unexpected gift that Elisha offered to the pious lady. Hospitality was a major means through which Christianity spread in the early times. People of means opened their homes to Christians for fellowship and Eucharist when formal assemblies were not yet begun. Jesus himself was a recipient of hospitality and he spoke about its merits as we have them in today’s gospel. But hospitality par excellence is welcoming God as our guest. Is Jesus our welcome guest? (Pause)

I confess to almighty 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.
(The elderly woman of Shunem, whose respectful service to Elisha, the man of God, is rewarded with the promise of a son whom she lacked).
A reading from the Second Book of the Kings (4:8-11, 14-16)
One day Elisha went on to Shunem, where a wealthy woman lived, who urged him to eat some food. So whenever he passed that way, he would turn in there to eat food. And she said to her husband, “Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God, who is continually passing our way. Let us make a small roof chamber with walls, and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that whenever he comes to us, he can go in there.”
One day he came there, and he turned into the chamber and rested there. And he said, “What then is to be done for her?” Gehazi answered, “Well, she has no son, and her husband is old.” He said, “Call her.” And when he had called her she stood in the doorway. And he said, “At this season, when the time comes round, you shall embrace a son.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (88)
Response: I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.
I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord; through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth. Of this I am sure, that your
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