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3rd Sunday after Pentecost - June 26, 2022


Both the Old Testament and the Gospel tell us stories of journey, of change, and resolve…


In the Old Testament lesson,God tells Elijah to anoint Jehu as king over Israel; Hazael as king over Aram; and to anoint Elisha, as the prophet in Elijah’s place…


This story is fascinating and full of events that we often find strange.

Elisha is working in the field with twelve yoke of oxen…he is with the twelfth yoke and Elijah passes by him and at the same time Elijah throws the mantle of a prophet over Elisha…


Here we can imagine Elisha running after Elijah calling out that he, Elisha, must go kiss his father and his mother goodby and then he will accept the mantle and follow Elijah…


Reading this for the first time, it sounds as if Elijah just “blows him off”..Go on back; what have I to do with you…or what is the fuss about; or your oxen are confused being left alone and without guidance…

Yet, Elisha holds on to the mantle of prophecy and off goes Elijah…


If you have read much about Elijah…and I encourage you to do so… you will find a most eccentric prophet and man…I guarantee you…he will never bore you and as you read the story of him standing on the mountain waiting for God, you will be deeply moved as the still silence or the still small voice speaks to Elijah…


And indeed, the prophet Elijah is not forgetting the passing of the mantle…he is simply telling Elisha that it is alright to go do what he has to do and then to follow him…