June 26 2022 Gospel and Other Readings with Reflection

First Reading – 1 Kings 19:16B, 19-21

16B The LORD said to Elijah:
“You shall anoint Elisha, son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah, as prophet to succeed you.”
19 Elijah set out and came upon Elisha, son of Shaphat, as he was ploughing with twelve yokes of oxen; he was following the twelfth. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak over him.
20 Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Please, let me kiss my father and mother goodbye, and I will follow you.” Elijah answered, “Go back! Have I done anything to you?”
21 Elisha left him, and taking the yoke of oxen, slaughtered them; he used the ploughing equipment for fuel to boil their flesh and gave it to his people to eat. Then Elisha left and followed Elijah as his attendant.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11

Response: (cf. 5a) You are my inheritance, O Lord.

Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.”
Response: You are my inheritance, O Lord.

I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night, my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him, at my right hand, I shall not be disturbed.
Response: You are my inheritance, O Lord.

Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
Response: You are my inheritance, O Lord.

You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
Response: You are my inheritance, O Lord.

Second Reading – Galatians 5:1, 13-18

Brothers and sisters:
1 For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.
13 For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love.
14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.
15 But if you go on biting and devouring one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another.
16 I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh.
17 For the flesh has desires against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh;
these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want.
18 But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Alleluia – 1 Samuel 3:9; John 6:68C

Response: Alleluia, alleluia.
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening;
68C you have the words of everlasting life.
Response: Alleluia, alleluia.

6/26/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Luke 9:51-62

51 When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
52 and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there,
53 but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
54 When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?”
55 Jesus turned and rebuked them,
56 and they journeyed to another village.
57 As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58 Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
59 And to another, he said, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
60 But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
61 And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
62 To him, Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plough and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”

6/26/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Luke 9:51-62

Chapter 9 in the gospel of Luke marks a new page in His earthly life. His identity as the Messiah is revealed (Verses 18-20) and His death is foretold (Verses 21-22, 44-45). Now He is determined to go to Jerusalem in order to fulfill the completion of His earthly mission.

On their way to Jerusalem, Jesus and His disciples were rejected a Samaritan village. The disciples wanted to consume them by fire as a punishment but Jesus rebuke them instead. Obviously, the disciples were not aware that revenge is not in their plate.

So they passed by another village. On the way, some people wanted to join the trip and follow Him. However, there were some issues. Jesus tells one eager follower not to expect living in a mansion for He has none, not even a hut. Another one is attached to a family and still another has urgent obligations that must be done first. Jesus cautioned them that they have no place in His kingdom if they have second thoughts.

Jesus is telling us that the cost of following Him is very expensive but it is worthwhile. The prize is far more valuable than the cost. Is there something more precious that everlasting life in peace and joy?

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There are three kinds of people in the gospel reading above. First, we have those who reject Jesus outright like the people in the Samaritan Village. The second are those who have second thoughts, those who say later, not now because of some personal or family concern. The last are those who say “yes” right away like the apostles who left everything immediately after hearing the call of Jesus.

Verse 51 says that Jesus was “resolutely determined” to go to Jerusalem in order to accomplish His mission. May we also be “resolutely determined” to follow Him.

Go here to read further reflection on this gospel especially on the cost of following Jesus.

Gospel Reading with Reflection for June 26 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for June 26, 2022

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