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<< Sunday, June 30, 1996 >> 13th Sunday Ordinary Time
2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16
Psalm 89

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Romans 6:3-4, 8-11
Matthew 10:37-42

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"I promise you that whoever gives a cup of cold water to one of these lowly ones because he is a disciple will not want for his reward." —Matthew 10:42

Jesus restated the traditional Jewish commitment to give hospitality to fellow Jews, especially to religious leaders, such as prophets and holy men (Mt 10:41). Then Jesus included His disciples, the "lowly ones" (Mt 10:42), with the prophets and holy men. This was a revolutionary statement.

Jesus calls simple, everyday people to holiness and prophetic ministry. The Lord's word spoken through the prophet Joel is fulfilled: "I will pour out My Spirit upon all mankind" (see Jl 3:1; Acts 2:17). "Yes, even on My servants and handmaids I will pour out a portion of My Spirit in those days, and they shall prophesy" (Acts 2:18). The great people in this world are not the learned and the clever; they are the merest children (Mt 11:25). Jesus has chosen "the world's lowborn and despised, those who count for nothing" (1 Cor 1:28). We become great not by becoming famous and rich but by being the servants of all (Mt 20:26). We become important not by human accomplishments but by the grace of Baptism. We become strong by choosing the weakness of the cross (see 2 Cor 12:9; 13:4).

Therefore, if you are wise in the eyes of the world, become a fool (1 Cor 3:18). If rich, choose to become poor (Mt 5:3). If prestigious, humble yourself (Mt 23:12). Be a "lowly one."

Prayer: Father, may I decide to be lowly and thereby inherit the earth (Mt 5:5).
Promise: "Through baptism into His death we were buried with Him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life." —Rm 6:4
Praise: Alleluia! "Mighty are You, O Lord, and Your faithfulness surrounds You" (Ps 89:9).
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, November 29, 1995
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 4, 1995
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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