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Lectionary 100: Totus Tuus: Totally yours

June 25, 2016

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Lectionary: 100.  Scripture:  13th Sunday (C cycle), June 26.  I Kings 19:16.19-21. Psalm 16:1-2,5.7.8.9-10,11. Galatians 5:1-13-18. Luke 9:51-62:

This Lord’s Day, the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time cycle C. is focused on the primacy of the absolute love of God in our lives.  Both the first reading from Kings involving the bestowing of the prophetic spirit on Elisha by Elijah and the Gospel are in harmony about what is necessary to be totally dedicated to God.  I also think Psalm 16 and the selection from Galatians are about God being the center of our lives.

Elijah’s prophetic gift to Elisha is conditioned on the latter’s full commitment to the vocation of a prophet which means leaving his family.  He does succeed in this after offering a holocaust to God with his family; then he faithfully gives himself totally to the Lord God of Israel just as Elijah called him to do.

Psalm 16 is about our inheritance given to us by God.  It is fully accepted by the Psalmist and praised. It is a total appreciation for the gift of belonging to God and acknowledging the greatness of this inheritance.  “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. I have a goodly heritage.”

Paul tells us to live our lives totally in the Spirit of God.  We leave aside all temporal desires and make a total commitment to God as our top priority in life. Paul puts us in touch with God by making us aware of the commandment of loving others as we love ourselves.  And God above all is to be loved if we are to accomplish this precept.

In the Gospel Jesus tells us to set our sight on the goal of the kingdom, the heavenly Jerusalem as he deliberately heads to Jerusalem for the last time. His life will come to an end there through his sufferings, death, and resurrection.  We are called to follow him by leaving aside our comfort and our rest: “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”  He calls us to make God the Father our first priority in life in two very difficult situations of burying even one’s father and never looking back to what we committing ourselves to in following him.  This may be a strong way of affirming our absolute gift of self to God.  It could mean let nothing take us away from having God as our first priority and as the center of our life.  I found this prayer to be capturing the meaning of these strong words of Jesus:

“Lord, fill us in your resplendent light of your eternal love. May we love you above all things and our brothers and sisters for your sake.  Grant this through Christ our Lord.” Amen. Alleluia.

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