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My Help Comes From The Lord

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  • Reading I: 1 Kings 17:1-6
  • Resp. Psalm: Psalm 121
  • Gospel Reading:  Matthew 5:1-12

 

Psalm 121 sets the tone for the liturgy.  It is a beautiful psalm about God’s providence.  It is used in the liturgy as the response to the first reading where the image of Elijah being cared for by God through ravens and the wadi Cherith is put before us. 

The gospel reading is from the preamble of the Sermon on the Mount.  The beatitudes are descriptions of those who have put their faith in the Father and His reign.  They are those who will embrace Jesus and in the process suffer for HIs sake and in the end will have their hope fulfilled.

The first reading harmonizes well with the gospel.  Elijah the prophet, God’s champion against Ahab and Jezebel would have fallen victim to the drought he announced if not for the help he received from God who worked through intermediary agents – the wadi Cherith which miraculously did not dry up and the ravens.

The community of faith which suffers for its identification with Jesus are pronounced blessed by Him not because of present want but because of its faith.  Because they identify with Jesus, and suffer with Him and they too will share in His glory. 

1 Kings 17:1-6
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1And Elias the Thesbite of the inhabitants of Galaad said to Achab: As the Lord liveth the God of Israel, in whose sight I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to the words of my mouth.
2And the word of the Lord came to him, saying:
3Get thee hence, and go towards the east and hide thyself by the torrent of Carith, which is over against the Jordan,
4And there thou shalt drink of the torrent: and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
5So he went, and did according to the word of the Lord: and going, he dwelt by the torrent Carith, which is over against the Jordan.
6And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening, and he drank of tile torrent.
Matthew 5:1-12
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1And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain, and when he was set down, his disciples came unto him.
2And opening his mouth, he taught them, saying:
3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.
5Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
6Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.
7Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God.
10Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake:
12Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you.

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