Posted by: frburke23 | June 10, 2014

Thought for Tuesday, 10th Week in Ordinary Time

1 KinGS 17:7-16

The brook near where Elijah was hiding ran dry,
because no rain had fallen in the land.
So the LORD said to Elijah:
“Move on to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there.
I have designated a widow there to provide for you.”
He left and went to Zarephath.
As he arrived at the entrance of the city,
a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her,
“Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink.”
She left to get it, and he called out after her,
“Please bring along a bit of bread.”
She answered, “As the LORD, your God, lives,
I have nothing baked;
there is only a handful of flour in my jar
and a little oil in my jug.
Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks,
to go in and prepare something for myself and my son;
when we have eaten it, we shall die.”
Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid.
Go and do as you propose.
But first make me a little cake and bring it to me.
Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son.
For the LORD, the God of Israel, says,
‘The jar of flour shall not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.’”
She left and did as Elijah had said.
She was able to eat for a year, and Elijah and her son as well;
the jar of flour did not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
as the LORD had foretold through Elijah.

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After Pentecost Sunday we return to Ordinary Time (10th Week).  We are reading the story of the prophet Elijah in the First Book of Kings.  This story of the widow that Elijah encounters always inspires me for a few reasons:

1)    Faith – Elijah trusted in the Lord completely to go to Zarephath.  He also had faith that the Lord would continue to provide for the widow and her son despite the fact that she was using all of her flour and oil.  The widow also had faith in Elijah’s promise that her oil and flour would not run out.

2)    Generosity of God – When we surrender everything we have to God, He will multiply our offering and make it abundant.  I have found this to be true in my life and priesthood.  When I feel that I have no more energy to do one more thing during a given day, I ask God for the strength and surrender everything to Him, and He always gives me renewed strength and energy.  I also gave up baseball to become a priest and now I’m working as the chaplain for the Chicago Cubs.  We cannot outdo God in generosity!

Take time today to reflect on how generous you have been with God.  Do I surrender everything to Him?  Do I ask Him to bless me when I feel I have nothing else to give?  Do I trust that the Lord will take care of me in my deepest need?  He took care of the widow and her son.  He will take care of us as well.

God bless,

Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

1 REYES 17:7-16

El arroyo cerca de donde Elías estaba escondido se seco,
porque no había llovido en la tierra.
Así que el SEÑOR le dijo a Elías,
“Anda, ve a Sarepta de Sidón, y permanece allí.
He designado a una viuda allí para proveerte”.
Salió y se fue a Sarepta.
Al llegar a la entrada de la ciudad,
una viuda estaba allí recogiendo leña; él la llamó,
“Por favor, tráeme una pequeña taza de agua para beber.”
Ella se fue para conseguirla, y él la llamó,
“Por favor, tráeme también un poco de pan.”
Ella respondió, “Te juro por el SEÑOR, tu Dios,
No tengo nada horneado;
sólo hay un puñado de harina en mi tarro
y un poco de aceite en mi jarra.
Hace un momento yo estaba recogiendo un par de palos,
para entrar y preparar algo para mí y para mi hijo;
cuando lo hayamos comido, moriremos”.
Elías le dijo, “No tengas miedo.
Ve y haz lo que te propones.
Pero primero hazme un panecillo y tráemelo.
Luego puedes preparar algo para ti y tu hijo.
Porque el SEÑOR, el Dios de Israel, dice,
“El tarro de harina no se vaciara,
ni la jarra de aceite se secara,
hasta el día en que el SEÑOR envíe lluvia sobre la tierra ‘. ”
Ella se fue e hizo lo que Elías había dicho.
Ella pudo comer durante un año, y Elías y su hijo también;
el tarro de harina no se vacío,
ni la jarra aceite se seco,
como el SEÑOR lo había predicho por medio de Elías.

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Después del domingo de Pentecostés volvemos al Tiempo Ordinario (10 ª Semana). Estamos leyendo la historia del profeta Elías en el Primer Libro de los Reyes. Esta historia de la viuda que Elías encuentra, siempre me inspira por varias razones:

1) La fe – Elías confió completamente en el Señor de ir a Sarepta. Él también tenía fe en que el Señor continuaría proporcionando para la viuda y su hijo, a pesar del hecho de que ella estaba usando toda su harina y aceite. La viuda también tenía fe en la promesa de Elías de que su aceite y harina no se acabarían.

2) La generosidad de Dios – Cuando le entregamos todo lo que tenemos a Dios, Él multiplicará nuestra ofrenda y la hará abundante. He encontrado que esto es cierto en mi vida y sacerdocio. Cuando siento que ya no tengo más energía para hacer una cosa más durante un día determinado, le pido a Dios la fuerza y le entrego todo a Él, y Él siempre me da fuerza y ​​energía renovada. También renuncie al béisbol para ser sacerdote y ahora estoy trabajando como capellán para los Cachorros de Chicago (Chicago Cubs). ¡No podemos superar a Dios en generosidad!

Toma tiempo hoy para reflexionar sobre lo generoso que has sido con Dios. ¿Le entrego todo a Él? ¿Le pido que me bendiga cuando siento que no tengo nada más que dar? ¿Confío en que el Señor me cuidará en mi necesidad más profunda? Él cuido de la viuda y su hijo. Él también cuidará de nosotros.

Dios los bendiga,

Fr. Burke


Responses

  1. Fr. Burke thank you for messages of hope and trusting in God’s plans for us.

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  2. Plz take me off list burke. My email is out of service this Friday. Not sure of fr. Jeffs or my new email. Hope ur workshop went well. Which guys will be at st. Ann for the totus tuus? Good nite burke.

    Fr. Peter J.

    • Fr. Peter, I don’t control the email list. You have to go in and delete your email or “unsubscribe” at http://www.frburke23.wordpress.com.

      Jack Dingbaum (seminarian) and Chris Simon are the men coming to St. Ann.

  3. Congratulations for being the Chaplin for the Chicago Cubs !! Were you not a St Louis Cardinal Fan once …..this is funny !

    Len and Mary

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  4. Joe …

    Got your message, let me know when your start receiving them on your own and I’ll stop forwarding them everytime I get one ….

    Have you been reading them ?

    Read this one …. Did you know Fr Burke is the Chaplain for the Chicago Cubs ! Now they might actually get the world Series !

    Let me know if and when you guys can get together to watch the movie …. Karen can make the popcorn.

    BT

  5. This totally what we argued about last week..fr. Burke nails it. Read if haven’t

    Sent from my iPad

  6. About 2 years ago now I heard a song on Christian radio that said, “Why didn’t I give it all; why didn’t I surrender when I had the chance”. Something struck me in those words and I decided to surrender “everything” (my stuff that I clung to, my desire to be right, etc) and that was the most wonderful gift I ever gave myself. It helped me draw closer to God and He has blest me abundantly in simple, spiritual ways ever since.


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