Weekly Bulletin w/b 26th June. Trinity 2

Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives in counted dead before you. Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for Mass

1st Reading. 1 Kings 19:15-16; 19-end

This reading relates the call of Elisha. By throwing his cloak over him Elijah was symbolising the transfer of power. We see how total was the response of Elisha. In slaughtering the oxen and burning the plough, he was precluding a return to his old way of life. Jesus demanded a similar response from those who would follow him.

2nd Reading. Galatians 5:1; 13-25

Jewish converts to the Christian faith with their continued zeal for the Jewish Law are causing tension within the young Church. Paul insists that faith not the Law is the badge of membership of the Christian Church. The only way forward is to receive in full measure the Spirit of Jesus, passing beyond the divisive rule of the Law, into the realm where the wind of the Spirit blows where it wants and the fire of love burns away all the dross.

Gospel. St Luke 9:51-end

In today’s Gospel we begin a new section of Luke’s Gospel (9:51-18:14) – Jesus’s journey to Jerusalem. Luke portrays Jesus as one who knows his destiny and accepts it from God. He is not interested in concentrating on the actual route Jesus followed. Instead he tells us about incidents that happened along the way. In the first part of today’s Gospel we see the hostility Jesus encountered from the inhabitants of a Samaritan village and his refusal to retaliate as James and John suggested. This is followed by stories of three would-be followers of Jesus. Jesus tells them that total commitment is demanded of a disciple. What may such commitment mean for us today? What might it look like?