First Reading: Second Kings 4: 8-11, 14-16a

And there was a day when Elisha passed by Shunem where there was a notable woman, who detained him to eat bread; and as he passed often that way, he turned into her house to eat. She said to her husband: I perceive that this is a holy man of God, who often passes by us. .Let us therefore make him a little chamber, and put a little bed in it for him, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick, that when he cometh to us, he may abide there. Now there was a certain day when he came and turned in to the chamber and rested there.

He said to his servant: What will she then that I do for her? And Giezi said: Do not ask, for she has no son, and her husband is old. Then he bid him call her: And when she was called, and stood before the door.

He said to her:, “At this time, and this same hour next year, thou shalt have a son in thy womb. But she answered: Do not, I beseech thee, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie to thy handmaid. The woman conceived and bore a son at the appointed time Elisha had told her.

Second Reading: Romans 6: 3-4, 8-11

Know you not that all we, who are baptized in Christ Jesus, are baptized in his death? For we are buried together with him by baptism into death; that as Christ is risen from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also may walk in newness of life.

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall live also together with Christ: Knowing that Christ rising again from the dead, dies now no more, death shall no more have dominion over him. For in that he died to sin, he died once; but in that he lives he lives unto God: So do you also reckon, that you are dead to sin, but alive unto God, in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gospel: Matthew 10: 37-42

He who loves his father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me. And he who takes not up his cross, and follows me, is not worthy of me.

He who finds his life, shall lose it: and he who shall lose his life for me, shall find it.

He who receives you, receives me: and he that receives me, receives him who sent me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet, shall receive the reward of a prophet: and he who receives a just man in the name of a just man, shall receive the reward of a just man. And whosoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.

REFLECTION: Pope Benedict XVI said, “The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness.” “Comfort” puts me first. “Picking up your cross and following Jesus” puts God and others first. Why settle for comfort when you can achieve greatness! Pick up your cross, ask Jesus for guidance on using your gifts and live the life God intended for you!