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
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!