Vol: 46, No.38 13TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) June 30 2019  
All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy! (Ps 46:2)
Quite often the context determines the meaning of the words one speaks as in the case of Jesus who does some tough talking on the question of discipleship. Jesus has completed his ministry in his native Galilee and is on his way to Jerusalem. Jerusalem has great significance for Jesus because it is the city of his destiny from which he will be taken back to heaven. He is determined to make this journey and is ready to suffer and die. And so the rejection by the Samaritans does not bother him though his disciples want him to take some punitive action against them. It is in this context that Jesus confronts the would-be followers. Nothing should come between their call to follow Jesus and the responsibility they have towards family and relatives. A disciple should be willing to give up all these. What are we willing to sacrifice in order to be a disciple of Jesus? (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.
(Elisha is called to the prophetic mission just as he actively engages himself in ploughing his field along with others. Elijah casts his mantle over Elisha indicating that Elijah wants him 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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