BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
Pray and ask God to speak to you through His Holy Spirit.
“THE PARACLETE, THE HOLY SPIRIT WHOM THE FATHER WILL SEND IN MY NAME, WILL INSTRUCT YOU IN EVERYTHING, AND REMIND YOU OF ALL THAT I TOLD YOU.” (JOHN 14:26)
FIRST DAY Reread last week’s readings.
- What was a helpful or new thought from the readings or from the homily you heard on Sunday?
- From what you learned, what personal application did you choose to apply to your life this week?
SECOND DAY READ 1 KINGS 17:17-24 FIRST READING
(“The Lord heard the prayer of Elijah, the life breath returned to the child’s body …”)
- What happened to the son of the mistress of the house? 1 Kings 17:17
- What did the widow say to Elijah and what did she call him? 1 Kings 17:18
- Who was Elijah and what does Malachi 4:5-6 say he will do?
- What did Elijah tell the widow to do with her son, from where did he take him and where did he bring him? 1 Kings 17:19
- Who did Elijah call out to and what did he say to him? 1 Kings 17:20
- What did he do three times and calling out to the Lord what did he say? 1 Kings 17:21
- What did the Lord hear and what happened to the Child?
- After Elijah gave the child to his mother what did he say? 1 Kings 17:23
- What did the widow now know and what did she say comes from his mouth? 1 Kings 17:24
- What is God’s Word? Psalm 119:105
- What will happen to a prophet who hears a word from the Lord? Ezekiel 3:17-21
- What does God do with our sins and our ills? Psalm 103:3
Personal – How does your life show you have accepted God’s forgiveness? What do you need to do to experience God’s healing touch?
THIRD DAY READ Galatians 1:11-19 SECOND READING
(“…but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ!”)
- What does Paul want you to know about the Gospel preached by him? Galatians 1:11
- From whom did he not receive, or be taught the gospel he preaches? How did it come to Him? Galatians 1:12
- What was given Paul, how was the mystery made known to him and to whom has it been revealed? Ephesians 3:2-5
- What two things did Paul try to do to the church in his former way of life? Galatians 1:13
- What did Paul progress in and what was he for his ancestral tradition? Galatians 1:14
- When did God set Paul apart and how did he call him? Galatians 1:15
- What was God pleased to do and for what reason? Galatians 1:16
- Who did Paul not consult, where did he go, and then after three years where did he go and then who did he consult? Galatians 1:16-18
- Who did Paul consult and remain with for fifteen days? Galatians 1:18
- Who was the only Apostle Paul saw at this time? Galatians 1:19
Personal – How has God revealed himself to you and what has he called you to do?
FOURTH DAY READ LUKE 7:11-17 GOSPEL
(“Young man, I tell you arise!”)
- Who accompanied Jesus on his journey to Nain? Luke 7:11
- What did Jesus see as he drew ear the gate of the city? Luke 7:12
- What was Jesus moved with when he saw the widow and what did he say to her? Luke 7:13
- To whom does God show pity? Psalm 72:13
- What was the Good Samaritan moved with upon seeing the man who was beaten? Luke 10:33
- What did Jesus touch, what did the bearers do and what did he say? Luke 7:14
- What did the dead man do and to whom did Jesus give him? Luke 7:15
- What seized the people and glorifying God who did they say has arisen in their midst? Luke 7:16
- What cast out fear? 1 John 4:18
- What is God? 1 John 4:16
- Who has visited his people and where did the report about Jesus spread? Luke 7:16-17
Personal – In what way has God had pity on you and how have you experienced God raise you or someone you know from the dead?
FIFTH DAY READ PSALM 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
(“I praise you, Lord, for you raised me up….”)
Read and meditate on Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
What is the Lord saying to you personally through the Psalm?
How can you apply this to your daily spiritual life?
SIXTH DAY READ ALL OF THE COMMENTARY
1 KINGS 17:17-24
In this passage we see Elijah, the most famous of all prophets being challenged by a pagan widow about his role as being a real man of God. She befriends him, feeds him and shelters him thinking she is doing the right thing. She is a widow and has only one son, and she sees her future through his eyes. Suddenly the boy becomes ill and then dies and her world explodes. She lashes out at Elijah and thinks that he is a part of God’s plan to destroy her for some hidden sin in her past. She accuses him of being especially cruel because she thinks God is doing the damage. True, we might say that she was a pagan and did not really know God. Yet, she knew who Elijah was. He was the famous prophet Elijah. His fame was known all over the land. Do you see that happening today? Have you ever experienced what this woman did? Do you wonder at times if God is punishing you for some sin that you thought was forgiven? Do you blame God for some of the painful things in your life? Well, Elijah shows us that when we have faith we can expect anything and survive anything. Today’s lesson ended with a happy ending, some of them today do not, why? Elijah told the woman “do not be troubled”. Jesus today tells us do not be troubled, just trust in him. When we put our complete trust in him, we receive the gift that passes all understanding. The word Gospel means “good news” and the good news is hope for us, hope for our families and hope for all our relatives. Today’s men and women of God are in your neighborhood. Seek them out.
In this passage we hear Paul telling that the way to heaven is not based on some mere human dream or whim. He is basically saying that there is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ (John 14:1-6). Today there are some religions who say there are equal valid paths to God, but that just is not true. There were zealous Jewish Christians that stated such practice as circumcision and dietary restrictions were required of all believers in Christ. These people were called Judaizers. Paul stood his ground on the message that salvation to Jews and Gentiles alike is only by faith in Jesus Christ. Paul tells his listeners that he did not choose to become an Apostle. Christ appointed him to that task. The good news of which Paul preached rests upon the authority of Jesus Christ himself. Paul now directs his energies toward building up the Christian Church. Paul knew that God called him before he was even born. God knows you intimately as well and he chose you to be his even before you were born. He wants you to fulfill the job he has given you to do. When people look at us, do they recognize that God has made a change in us, if not maybe we are not living our new lives as we should. Paul said “Yes Lord” and his life and whole world changed for him and for many others around the world. Let us also say “Yes Lord” and ask the Lord to help us change the world.
Today’s Gospel shows us the compassionate Christ, the one who sees the heart not just the appearance. Mother Teresa calls us to look and see Jesus hiding in the disguise of the poor, the sick, the lame, the blind, the lonely, the broken hearted, the imprisoned and the lost and forgotten. He sees that fear in the widow’s eyes of being alone in the world. She will not have the luxury of a husband or a son anymore. He knew what a funeral procession meant to the surviving widowed mother and his heart felt tremendous sympathy for her. We read all through scripture that God shows great pity for the weak.
We see the Good Samaritan showing great pity and compassion for the man, the victim of a robbery, lying there on a deserted roadway. God surly saw his heart and must have been very pleased with the Samaritan. He gave of his time, his strength and his money without expecting a reward or even a thank you. He gave you and I a close and very personal view of his own heart. Scripture tells us that God’s love endures forever and ever. Can you picture the powerful exchange when we heard Jesus telling the woman very gently “don’t cry”. He then stepped forward and touched the coffin and said to the dead man “come back to life again”. Don’t you think that her life came back again too? Let us look at each other like he looked at that mother. In great power Jesus raised the man back to life.
The first reading shows the strong faith of Elijah raising the child from the dead by the word of God. We see in the second reading the power of faith Paul was given by God to preach the Good News. The Gospel reveals that God has great compassion for the weak.
This week let others see in you the power of faith, mercy and love by visiting a widow and testifying to the healing power of Christ. This week be a real ambassador for Christ.