Today’s first reading and gospel speak about discipleship.
In First Kings Chapter 19 God commands the prophet Elijah to anoint Elisha, son of Abelmeholah to be his successor. In the gospel Jesus, converses with two unnamed who wish to follow him. In both stories an immediate response is required. Only one of the three would-be disciples makes the cut. Spoiler alert: It’s the one whose name is known.
Today’s offertory song “Come Follow Me” (#504) is about the call to discipleship. The verses speak of Jesus’ call to the apostles, the first and the greatest of His disciples. BTW The song is also an excellent choice for the funeral mass someone who lived a life of faith and service.
Today’s prelude “Make Your Home in Me” (#621) comes directly from Jesus’ words in today’s gospel.
“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” Luke 9:58
Today is the 13th Sunday of Ordinary time. You will notice several changes:
· The shift back to green vestments, banners etc.
· The recited prayer of the faithful and response
· No repeat of the Alleluia after the gospel
· A return of the Mass of Renewal by Curtis Stephan.
I will be using the summer for us to learn a new mass setting composed by William Gokelman and David Kaufman. It is also called the Mass of Renewal. (The similar names are purely coincidental).
Please be patient as we learn the Holy Holy, Memorial Acclamation and Amen before the liturgy.
Blessed to be in ministry at St. Mary’s,