Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21
Gal 5:1, 13-18
Lk 9:51-62


Without a doubt, my favorite line from these passages is “For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love.” These few sentences carry so much depth with them, as they provide guidance and inspiration, but also allow for a profound sense of hope. For me, it is this line that ties these three readings together. This recognizes Elisha’s journey as he left everything he knew to fulfill his position as a prophet, only carrying with him a hope of what was to come. The Gospel reading brings us through Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Although he is met with unwelcoming crowds Jesus continues onward, only encouraging those around him to act with love, and constantly reminding his disciples that there is much to hope for, much more than anything they have presently experienced.

These themes of love and hope reminded me of my time leading the First-Year Retreat during my sophomore year. The team of nine students and I did not know what to expect when we began preparing for the retreat, but the one thing that held us together was the hope we had for the students and the retreat itself. We knew that if we strove to serve those around us “through love” as Jesus called for that nothing could stop us from making it a great weekend for the students we were accompanying. Carrying this hope we had for the students allowed us to be present in a special way for them on the retreat. We formed strong friendships and created a community in which anyone could be their full and complete self. It was this community that allowed us to go forward throughout the semester, carrying the love that Jesus had inspired within us and hoping for many good things to come.

-Miranda Rappoldt '18