June 16, 2022

Sirach 48: 1- 14

48:1 And the prophet Elijah arose like a fire, and his word burned like a torch.
48:2 He brought a famine upon them, and those who provoked him in their envy became few. For they could not bear the precepts of the Lord.
48:3 By the word of the Lord, he closed the heavens, and he brought down fire from heaven three times.
48:4 In this way, Elijah was magnified in his wondrous works. So who can say that he is similar to you in glory?
48:5 He raised up a dead man from the grave, from the fate of death, by the word of the Lord God.
48:6 He threw down kings unto perdition, and he easily shattered their power and boasting from his bed.
48:7 He heeded the judgment at Sinai, and the judgments of punishment at Horeb.
48:8 He anointed kings unto repentance, and he chose the prophets who would follow after him.
48:9 He was received into a whirlwind of fire, into a swift chariot with fiery horses.
48:10 He is written in the judgments of the times, so as to lessen the wrath of the Lord, to reconcile the heart of the father to the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.
48:11 Blessed are those who saw you, and who were adorned with your friendship.
48:12 For we live only in our life, and after death, our name will not be the same.
48:13 Certainly, Elijah was covered by the whirlwind, and his spirit was completed in Elisha. In his days, he was not fearful of the ruler, and no power defeated him.
48:14 No word overwhelmed him, and after death, his body prophesied.

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 6: 7-15

6:7 And when praying, do not choose many words, as the pagans do. For they think that by their excess of words they might be heeded.
6:8 Therefore, do not choose to imitate them. For your Father knows what your needs may be, even before you ask him.
6:9 Therefore, you shall pray in this way: Our Father, who is in heaven: May your name be kept holy.
6:10 May your kingdom come. May your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.
6:11 Give us this day our life-sustaining bread.
6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
6:13 And lead us not into temptation. But free us from evil. Amen.
6:14 For if you will forgive men their sins, your heavenly Father also will forgive you your offenses.
6:15 But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your sins.