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“Whoever receives the righteous man . . . will receive a righteous man’s reward.” –Matthew 10:41b
For Children: Share this short video lesson about being a good helper with your young children.
For Adults: Reflect on the Gospel with Alice Camille:
The idea is remarkable. Welcome a prophet, and you share in the prophet’s destiny. Assist a good person, and you’ll receive the same credit for the ensuing good deeds. We don’t have to be prophets ourselves, or humanitarians, or missionaries, or environmentalists, or monks—we just have to support those called to these vocations, promote their goals, send a check, say a prayer, tell a friend. In all these ways, we invest in goodness and share the reward of those who do right.
Is Jesus saying that the Shunemite woman who hosted Elisha bought spiritual shares in the prophetic ministry of Elisha? Yes! Consider how many vocations you can pursue simultaneously with your own by a simple investment in the work of others. The Gospel is proclaimed exponentially when we lift each other up.
What vocations do you support with encouraging words, volunteer hours, financial assistance, prayer, or social advocacy?
LET US PRAY… Lord, we confess to you that we are not the people you created us to be. You know our failings and our weaknesses well, for you see the hearts of all plainly. Inspire us with the fire of your word, that we might incarnate the truth of Scripture in the lives we lead. Teach us to take risks for love’s sake. Amen.
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