Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth.
I will sing forever of your love, O Lord. Psalm
As Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, we too might live a new life. Second Reading
You must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus. Second Reading
Anyone who does not take their cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. Gospel
This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:
2 Kings 4: 8–11, 14–16; Psalm 88 (89); Romans 6: 3–4, 8–11; Matthew 10: 37–42
This Sunday’s readings reveal the demands and choices Jesus’s disciples have to make as they share in his new life and carry on his mission.
The Gospel continues Jesus’s teaching on the mission of his disciples. Here we see the cost – but also the generous rewards. In addition, those who welcome the missionary also welcome Jesus himself.
The story in the First Reading illustrates this teaching. God rewards the childless couple who welcome the prophet Elisha into their home with the gift of a child.
Psalm 88 (89) expresses the joy of the disciple whose faith is not in rules, but in the loving presence of their Lord and leader, and who walks in his light.
St Paul in his letter to the Romans (Second Reading) reminds us that through our baptism we now live a ‘new life’ in the Risen Christ. It is through their life in Christ Jesus that disciples can live the demands of mission.
This week, perhaps I might pray for the grace to follow Christ more closely and welcome him in others.