1Kings 17:7-16 | Ps. 4:2-5, 7b-8 | Mt. 5:13-16
Today’s readings are filled with hope and trust in God. Elijah, the prophet, is sent to Zarephath to a widow during the drought that has occurred in Israel. He asks the widow to feed him. She tells him that she has only a handful of meal and a little oil. She is going to make the last meal for her son and herself and then they will die. Elijah tells her that she will be able to feed themselves as well as himself. He also tells her that her meal and oil will not dry up until the rain comes. The widow feeds Elijah not only this day but for the length of time predicted. Her trust does not go unrewarded. The Gospel is a continuation of the beatitudes. Jesus calls us to let our light shine before all so that they will see our good works and give glory to God.
Do you believe that you have a light to shine before all the world? Recall the gift of the Spirit on Pentecost. Your light comes from God. Claim that light and bring the Good News of God to all you meet today. Remember that all is to be done to bring glory to God. All we have, we have received from God. Thank God for the gifts of food, people and other blessings in your life.