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dc.contributor.authorCherney, Mikeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-07T04:30:22Z
dc.date.available2018-06-07T04:30:22Z
dc.date.issued2018-06-16en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 364en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/118327
dc.description.abstractIn the first reading, Elisha wholeheartedly accepts his call. In the Gospel, Jesus discusses oaths. Today I am drawn to reflect on how I live out my call.|God makes Elijah aware of His intention to make Elisha his successor. Elijah gives his cloak to Elisha as a sign of his calling. I see strong indications of trust in God both from Elijah who chooses a man that he has never met as his successor and from Elisha in his acceptance. From the description of his property Elisha was in a good state financially, but he gives it all up and enters into service when he is called to be Elijah's attendant and mentee.|In Chapter 5 of Mark's Gospel, Jesus is building on His Sermon on the Mount in a series of teachings that seem to follow from His understanding of the commandments. My thought is that His commentary on oaths expands an understanding of the prohibition of "bearing false witness" into a call for integrity. I feel that the whole of this chapter has Jesus getting away from obedience to the letter of the law and reminding us of the higher calling that grows out of the underlying intent of the Lord's message to His people.|My life falls far short of Elisha's response to his call. Although I have turned down opportunities to make more money doing things that would not have contributed to the greater good, I cannot say that I have given all that I might have. I have led a pretty comfortable life. I look at what has been amassed in my retirement funds. Although I donate and volunteer, I carefully maintain a safety net for myself. I do not have the faith of Elisha. It is noteworthy that today's Psalm passage does not focus on an inherence of wealth, but rather on the sufficiency that is provided in God.|A few months ago, I spoke with a classmate who has suffered a stroke. When I called, he admitted that his memories of our exploits were no longer terribly vivid, but he thinks he remembers me as being a nice guy. It was then I knew how much the stroke had taken away from him. Although I managed to stay out of trouble, I know that I was not someone who was easy to be around. I have been much better at living out the law than at responding to the higher calling that Jesus presents.|Dear Lord,|My trust is far from total.|I try to insure my well-being rather than putting my faith in you.|I am not ready to show my commitment with a dedication like that of Elisha.|I admit my weakness rather than claim a higher level of integrity.|I ask for your strength to move away from fear-based decision making.|I pray that I may grow in the uprightness that trust in You brings.en_US
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dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.relation.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/118233
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Saturday, June 16, 2018: 10th Week of Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.date.day16en_US
dc.date.year2018en_US
dc.date.monthJuneen_US
dc.program.unitPhysicsen_US
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorCherney, Michael G.en_US
dc.date.daynameSaturdayen_US
dc.date.seasonOrdinary Timeen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 10en_US
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dc.relation.previoushttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/118326
dc.subject.local11 Kings 19:19-21en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 16:1b-2a, 5, 7-8, 9-10en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 5:33-37en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.date.cycleYear IIen_US


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