A-13th Sun Ord 2017-07-02


July 2, 2017                     THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Year A

First Reading                   2 Kings 4:8-12, 14-17

              A reading from the second book of Kings.

One day Elisha was passing through Shunem, where a woman of wealth and influence lived.

She urged him to stay for a meal with her and her husband.

Afterward, whenever he passed that way, he would stop there for a meal.

She said to her husband, “I am sure that our guest, Elisha, is a holy man of God. 

Since he visits us often, let us arrange a little room on the roof and furnish it for him with a bed, table, chair, and lamp, so that he can stay there whenever he comes to us.” 

On his very next visit, Elisha stayed in the room overnight.

Before continuing his travels, Elisha asked his servant Gehazi:

“What can be done to show our gratitude for our generous hosts?”

“Well,” Gehazi answered, “they have no children, and her husband is getting on in years.”

“Call her,” said Elisha.  When she had been called, and stood at the door,

Elisha made a promise to her:

       “This time next year you will be holding a child in your arms.”

She replied, “Please, O holy one of God, do not deceive your servant.” 

In due season, the woman conceived and bore a child as Elisha had declared to her.

              The Word of God recorded in the second book of Kings.

July 2, 2017                     THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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Second Reading    Romans 6:3-4, 8-11     State of the Union Address  Jan. 6, 1941

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans and the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Paul writes:

Sisters and Brothers,

Are you not aware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus

were baptized into his death? 

Through baptism into his death we were buried with him,

so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of God,

we too might live a new life. 

We believe that having died with Christ, we will also live with Christ—

knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will never die again:

death is now powerless over our Savior. 

Christ died to sin, once for all, so that this life now is life with God. 

In this way, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin,

but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

In his State of the Union Address, Jan. 6, 1941, Franklin said,

In the future days, which we seek to make secure,

we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his/her own way --  everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want -- which, translated into world terms,  means economic understandings which will secure to every nation

a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear -- which, translated into world terms,

means a world-wide reduction of armaments

to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation

will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor-- anywhere in the world.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation.

              The Word of God spoken through Paul and President Franklin Roosevelt.

July 2, 2017                     THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Year A

Gospel                              Matthew 10:37-42

              A reading from the gospel according to Matthew.

Jesus said to the apostles:

“Whoever loves mother or father, daughter or son,

 more than me

is not worthy of me. 

Those who will not take up their cross and come after me

are not worthy of me. 

Those who think they have found their life will lose it,

and those who have lost their life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me,

and whoever welcomes me welcomes the One who sent me. 

Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet,

will receive a prophet’s reward;

whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person,

will receive the reward of the righteous.

And I promise you that whoever gives even a cup of cold water

to one of these little ones

in the name of a disciple--

truly I tell you, none of these will go unrewarded.”

              The Good News of our Salvation spoken through Matthew.

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