1 Kings 19:19-21; Psalm 16; Matthew 5:33-37 🗣🔥🔥🔥
The first reading present us with the call of Elisha to be the successor of Elijah. For this reason Elijah traveled to central Palestine in search of Elisha. When Elijah saw him, he placed his cloak over him symbolizing God’s call to minister to him. Exclusive of irresolution and wavering thoughts Elisha bids farewell to his family and former life and absolutely submitted to the call of God upon his life. Today, in our various vocations we struggle with family backgrounds, former lives and certain addictions. These factors limit the steady pace of our spiritual growth. Jesus in the gospel challenges us to absolute honesty, uprightness and worthiness. For him, Christians with these features have no need for oaths. Thus, as Christians we must make every effort to be transparent. However, when this disposition is questioned oath swearing is employed to stir up credibility. Beloved in Christ, like Elisha we are called to be steadfast in our decision to follow Christ. Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath. St Anthony of Padua grew in the radical disposition and spirit of Elijah through his intercession may we find grace to follow Christ. St. Anthony, pray for us.
PRAYER TO ST ANTHONY FOR THE RECOVERY OF LOST GRACES
O great and faithful friend of the Lord! who, by the great purity of thy heart, didst merit to see and converse with Him even in this life, thou to whom He has granted, according to the firm belief of the faithful, the gift of recovering for those who invoke thee the precious gifts which they had lost, obtain for us (or for N.) by thy prayers and merits, all the holy friendship and union with God which we should have had if we had always been faithful to him. Amen.