June 9, Thursday, 10th Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: 1Kings 18:41-46; Gospel: Mathew 5: 20-26
Elijah tells King Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain. So Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah. In the gospel, Jesus says, "Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Elijah did not give up on Ahab. You may have family, friends, or people in your life who seem far away from the things of God, but we don’t give up. Maybe we are called to pray for them and continue to bless them despite our inability to understand them. There is no indication that Ahab’s heart was transformed, but that is not the responsibility of Elijah. Elijah did his part. He allowed Ahab to repent. This line of thought we find in the gospel text as well. Because God always forgives our sins, no matter how serious they are. The Scribes' and Pharisees' righteousness was all about following the rules. But the character of Jesus is different; it is about loving others and expressing it in every possible way. Jesus saw the good in others and offered them a change of heart.
How do I relate to others? My family, friends, strangers that I meet during the day? Can I imbibe the teachings of Jesus in my life? Am I seeking the good in others, even if they are my enemies? Am I able to confront them in a way that will help them to accept their faults and move on in life in a constructive way? Let us see the good in others to help them with their growth.
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