July 2, 2017 - 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
The woman in the Book of Kings provides assistance to the prophet Elisha. She doesn't do it for a reward. She does it because she knows it's the right thing to do.
She's not expecting some kind of payment for her kindness. She is being generous just because. She knows Elisha is a prophet of God and she knows that, as a prophet, his life is difficult. She wants to make his life easier. So she shows him a great kindness.
And because she is not looking for a reward, the Lord God sees what she has done, and the Lord God rewards her. The longing of her heart is fulfilled and she gives birth to a son as a reward for her kindness to the prophet.
The Lord God is the one who rewards her. The Lord God sends her a son because of her yes.
If we do good, not looking for reward or payment, the Lord God sees and we are rewarded for our good deeds.
Jesus says that if anyone performs even the smallest of service to another, they will not lose their reward.
But Jesus also says we can’t do the good deeds with the reward in mind. If we do, we are already repaid.
Now our hospitality might not be in the form of a meal or a bed for the night or a cup of cold water to drink.
It might be a simple greeting, an offer of help to someone in need, an act of kindness, a supportive shoulder, an encouraging word, a kind thing done for the sake of being kind, a good thing done for the sake of being good.
If we receive Jesus, then we receive God the Father who sent him.
And that is exactly what we do here at Sunday Mass. We celebrate the Eucharist. We receive Jesus’ very body and blood sacrificed for us, given to us a as a generous life-giving gift.
We welcome Jesus into our lives and into our hearts. We ask Jesus to help us be good and kind and merciful.
We ask Jesus to help us learn how to receive a prophet, to give of ourselves in service to others and so receive a prophet’s reward.
The woman in the Book of Kings provides assistance to the prophet Elisha. She is rewarded with the longing of her heart, the birth of a son.
What great kindness do we show not expecting anything in return?
Jesus who sees what is done in generosity and kindness will repay us.