11th Week in Ordinary Time
Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah? (2 Kings 2:14)
2 Kings 2:1, 6-14;Psalm 31:20-21, 24; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
From Esau and Jacob to the prodigal son, stories about inheritance run throughout the Scriptures. In this passage, however, the focus is on a spiritual rather than a material inheritance. When Elisha asked Elijah for a double portion of his spirit, he was asking for the honor of being his spiritual son. And at the end of the passage, we find Elisha stepping into his new role.
It seems simple, doesn’t it? Just pick up the prophet’s mantle, and miracles will flow. But that’s not exactly how it happened. Elisha was able to do all he did because he had spent many days, months, and years with Elijah, learning from his mentor. He saw the man of God in action; he heard him preach; he prayed and fasted with him; he endured the same persecutions and challenges Elijah did. In the end, when he parted the Jordan River, it wasn’t because he had Elijah’s magical cloak. It was because he had taken on Elijah’s heart.
In a similar way, you share in Christ’s inheritance. The Holy Spirit lives in you in all his fullness. But just as Elisha walked every day with Elijah and learned to be like him, you too need to walk with Jesus every day so that you can take on his heart. That’s what releases the power of the Spirit in your life!
Whether you realize it or not, you are probably already spending a lot of time with the Lord. Do you go to Mass? Pray for your friends and family? Read Scripture? Talk to the Lord at home or at work? Every second spent with him counts! That’s because, as hard as you may be trying to please him, he is working so much more in you. He always takes the little we give him and multiplies it immensely—just as he multiplied five loaves and two fishes!
Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah? He’s in your heart! Try to follow Elijah’s—and Elisha’s—example and take a step of faith today. Encourage a downcast friend. Go out of your way to help a family member. If there is an opportunity to share your faith, take it. Then watch the Lord pour out his grace!
“Thank you, Jesus, for paving the way for me to share in your inheritance.”~WAU