Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11 | Ps. 80:2-3, 15-19 | Mt. 17:9-13

Elijah was considered to be one of the greatest prophets of the Hebrews and is depicted in this reading from Sirach as rising into heaven on a chariot of fiery horses and would return to restore people to love one another and bring families together again.

The apostles have just witnessed Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah on Mt. Tabor.  They ask Jesus why the scribes  say that Elijah is to return before the Messiah?   Jesus responds that Elijah must come to restore people to God.  Jesus adds that Elijah has already come in the form of John the Baptist.  Jesus continues to tell them that just as they did not accept John and caused difficulties for him, so also, will they destroy Jesus and refuse to accept Him as the Messiah.

These readings call us to open our hearts and our beings to see Christ in those around us.  We are called to look beyond the exterior and to see within the person.  No one is beneath us. We are called to live with and for others out of the gift of love.  We are called to be lovers of all.  Take time to see how well you extend yourself to others.  Do you exclude anyone?  Why?  What will you do to make your circle bigger today?

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