[Jesus said:] “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  And whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of me will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.  Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.  And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth, he will never lose his reward.”

 

POINTERS FOR PRAYER

  1. Jesus never wanted suffering for anyone but he knew that if anyone was going to follow in his footsteps promoting love and respect for every person, they would meet with opposition. Fidelity has its price, but also rewards. Would you agree?
  2. The passage is a call to both radical and practical discipleship. When have you found that in order to achieve a certain objective you had to make it a priority, and then take the practical steps necessary to reach your goal? What were the benefits to you when you did this?
  3. ‘Hate’ (in the Lucan version) is prophetic exaggeration for the uncompromising loyalty Jesus seeks in disciples. There may be times when people make demands in conflict with fidelity to another relationship. This can be painful. When have you found that being clear about your priorities helped you in that situation?Our reading is chosen because of the evident link with the Gospel teaching of receiving a prophet and a prophet’s reward.

 

First Reading:  2 Kings 4:8-11,13-16

Our reading is chosen because of the evident link with the Gospel teaching of receiving a prophet and a prophet’s reward.   Elisha is presented in the Bible as a 9th century BC prophet and wonder worker.

He was the successor of Elijah, and like Elijah, very often showing him coming to the help of the poor.

Readings 1 and 3 belong well together, because Jesus is often portrayed in the Gospel with the traits of Elijah and Elisha. It is all part of the Old Testament