Daily Gospel – Monday, June 10, 2024 – Mark 3,20-36 – Catholic Bible

First Reading (1 Kings 17,1-6)

Reading of the First Book of Kings.

In those days, the prophet Elijah, a Tishbite from Tesbi of Gilead, said to Ahab: “As the Lord lives, the God of Israel, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in these years, except when I say so!” And the word of the Lord was addressed to Elijah in these terms: “Depart from here and take the direction of the east. Go and hide yourself by the torrent of Charit, which is opposite the Jordan. There you will drink from the torrent. And I commanded the ravens to give you give food.” Elijah went and did as the Lord had commanded him, and went to live by the stream of Charit, which is opposite the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat, both morning and evening, and he drank from the stream.

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Gospel (Matthew 5,1-12)

— PROCLAMATION of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew.

— Glory to you, Lord.

At that time, when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the mountain and sat down. The disciples approached, and Jesus began to teach them: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the afflicted, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will possess the Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are those who promote peace, for they will see God. called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely because of you. rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. In the same way they persecuted the prophets who came before you.”

— Word of Salvation.

— Glory to you, Lord.

Reflecting the Word of God

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today, we are graced with two deeply inspiring readings that invite us to reflect on trust in God and true blessedness. The first reading, from 1 Kings 17:1-6, presents us with the story of the prophet Elijah and his total dependence on divine providence. In the Gospel of Matthew 5:1-12, we find the Beatitudes, one of the most well-known and transformative passages of Scripture, where Jesus reveals to us the path to true happiness and fulfillment.

Let’s start with the story of Elijah. Elijah appears at a time of great apostasy and idolatry in Israel, when King Ahab and his wife Jezebel led the people in the worship of Baal. In an act of courage and obedience, Elijah announces a drought as God’s judgment on the earth. The drought represented not just a physical crisis, but a spiritual crisis, a call to repentance and return to the true God.

After his announcement, Elijah is instructed by the Lord to hide by the brook of Cherith, where he would be supported by ravens that would bring him bread and meat, and could drink the water of the brook. Here we see a powerful picture of divine trust and provision. Elijah obeys without question, trusts the word of God and experiences the Lord’s providential care in the midst of adversity.

Imagine Elijah’s situation. He was alone, hidden, trusting in a promise that defied human logic. Crows, which are normally birds that feed on carrion, have been transformed into messengers of sustenance. This story teaches us about God’s faithfulness and the importance of trusting Him even when circumstances seem impossible.

Elijah’s trust in God can be compared to a child who fully trusts his parents, knowing that he will be cared for and protected. Elijah shows us that when we put our trust in God, He does not abandon us. Even in the most challenging situations, God provides what we need.

Now, let’s go to the Gospel of Matthew, where Jesus presents us with the Beatitudes. This sermon, delivered on the mount, is one of the most iconic moments in Jesus’ ministry. The Beatitudes offer us a portrait of the Kingdom of God, challenging the norms and expectations of the world.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” This first beatitude calls us to humility and recognition of our dependence on God. Being poor in spirit means recognizing our need for God, our inability to find true happiness and fulfillment outside of Him.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Jesus reminds us that suffering and sadness are not the end. He promises comfort and healing to those who are afflicted, showing that in the midst of tears, God is present, offering comfort and hope.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Meekness, often seen as weakness, is exalted by Jesus as a powerful virtue. To be meek is to be humble and gentle, trusting in God’s justice and providence rather than resorting to violence or force.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” This beatitude challenges us to seek God’s justice with the same intensity with which we seek food and water. It is a call to act righteously and work towards a more just and compassionate world.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will obtain mercy.” Mercy is the heart of the Gospel. We are called to forgive and show compassion, just as God has been merciful to us.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Purity of heart implies sincerity and integrity. It is living a life that seeks holiness and rejects hypocrisy.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” In a world marked by conflicts and divisions, Jesus calls us to be agents of peace, promoting reconciliation and harmony.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” This last beatitude reminds us that following Jesus may bring persecution and suffering, but it assures us that our reward is in heaven.

The Beatitudes defy the logic of the world. They invite us to a lifestyle that values humility, compassion, justice and peace. They call us to place our trust in God and seek His will in all areas of our lives.

Just as Elijah trusted God’s provision in times of drought, we are called to trust God in all circumstances. We may face difficulties, persecutions, and challenges, but the Beatitudes assure us that God is with us and that He blesses those who follow His path.

My brothers and sisters, let’s reflect on how these readings apply to our lives. How can we cultivate a deeper trust in God? How can we live the Beatitudes in our daily lives? Maybe it’s helping those in need, showing compassion to those who suffer, seeking justice in our communities, or promoting peace in our relationships.

Let’s take a moment to reflect in silence. Let us ask God for the grace to live in accordance with his teachings, fully trusting in His providence and seeking the beatitudes as our guide.

Lord, we thank You for Your word today. Help us to trust in You as Elijah did and to live the beatitudes as Jesus taught us. Give us the courage to follow Your path, even when it is difficult, and the wisdom to seek Your Kingdom in everything we do. May we be light in a world in need of hope and love. Amen.

As we leave here today, let us take with us the message of trust and bliss. May we live in a way that reflects God’s love and justice, bearing witness to His grace and mercy in all our actions. May the peace of Christ always be with you. Amen.