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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Reflection 2020-06-13 Saturday 10th Week in Ordinary Time (St Anthony de Padua)

1 Kings 19:16, 19-21; Psalm 16; Matthew 5:33-37
Relic of St Anthony de Padua
We celebrate the memorial of Anthony de Padua today. I have asked St Anthony to help me find lost things and I can attest that he is very powerful. Yet, he is a doctor of the Church, meaning, his teachings are worthy of reflection and study. He was a Franciscan who lived at the same time as Francis of Assisi who did not trust theological studies for his brothers. After knowing Anthony, Francis allowed Anthony to teach the young members of their community before their ordination. In 1224, Francis entrusted the formation of his Friars to Anthony. Anthony’s zeal for the Teaching of the Apostles remind us of what Jesus said in the Gospel today: Let you word be “Yes” if “Yes” or “No” if ”No”; anything more than this comes from the evil one.
We cannot say we are Catholics if we do not accept the Teaching of Christ through the Apostles. I cannot say “Yes” to Jesus and turn around and reject some of the teaching I do not agree with. Our commitment to Christ has to be complete: all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, all our strength. Anything less means we are not true to our word.
Elisha shows this commitment when Elijah called him. He was ploughing the field when Elijah called him to succeed him. After kissing his father and mother, Elisha used the equipment from the oxen and boiled their flesh and gave it to the people and they ate. When the call came, Elisha never faltered. His
“Yes” was a complete surrender to the call.
God calls us every day of our lives, because he wants to bless us. Ephesians 1:3 tells us he has given us all spiritual blessings in the heavens through Christ Jesus. These are available to us when we come to Christ to receive them. But this coming to Christ requires total commitment to him. This does not mean we will be perfect in following him, or we will not make mistakes. Elisha did not leave everything immediately to follow Elijah. He asked to kiss his parents before he follows Elijah. His burning the oxen and giving them to the people was the final act of total surrender.
God calls everyone to serve him. Yet, this call is unique to everyone. God created us specifically for this place and time. This call is not beyond what we can do. God calls us where we are. For Elisha, God’s call came as he was working. God calls today, now, at this time, to follow him. What is our response? Do I accept him or do I reject him?
Who is God to me? The Psalm tells us: You are my inheritance, O Lord. God is the One who counsels us and in the night, our heart instructs us. Will I keep the Lord always before me? When we do, the Psalm tells us, my heart is glad and my soul rejoices; my body rests secure.
We will never find peace or security until we respond to his call and surrender ourselves to him. God is all we need in our lives. No one and nothing can satisfy us.
What is God calling you to do? He will not ask you to do something you cannot do. Moses parted the Red Sea when he raise his hands in obedience to God. God works great things through the simple things we do, as long as we obey him. Come to Jesus. Obey Jesus. Trust Jesus.
Lord, I come to you and commit myself to following you. Give me courage to go where you lead me. I may not know where you are leading me, but as long as I know I am following you, that is enough for me. Turn my heart to do your will, teach me your law, O God.

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