Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven
by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from
Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here; for the LORD has
sent me as far as Bethel." But Elisha said,
"As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I
will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel.
Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here; for the LORD
has sent me to the Jordan." But he said, "As
the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not
leave you." So the two of them went on.
Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and
stood at some distance from them, as they both were
standing by the Jordan.
Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck
the water; the water was parted to the one side and to
the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell
me what I may do for you, before I am taken from
you." Elisha said, "Please let me inherit a
double share of your spirit."
He responded, "You have asked a hard thing; yet, if
you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be
granted you; if not, it will not."
As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire
and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah
ascended in a whirlwind into heaven.
Elisha kept watching and crying out, "Father,
father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!"
But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own
clothes and tore them in two pieces.
He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from
him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.
He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him,
and struck the water, saying, "Where is the LORD,
the God of Elijah?" When he had struck the water,
the water was parted to the one side and to the other,
and Elisha went over.
I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, that he may hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night
my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul
refuses to be comforted.
I will call to mind the deeds of the LORD; I will
remember your wonders of old.
I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your
Your way, O God, is holy. What god is so great as our
You are the God who works wonders; you have displayed
your might among the peoples.
With your strong arm you redeemed your people, the
descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Selah
When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you,
they were afraid; the very deep trembled.
The clouds poured out water; the skies thundered; your
arrows flashed on every side.
The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your
lightnings lit up the world; the earth trembled and
Your way was through the sea, your path, through the
mighty waters; yet your footprints were unseen.
You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses
For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm,
therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters;
only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for
self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one
For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment,
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care
that you are not consumed by one another.
Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the
desires of the flesh.
For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and
what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for
these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from
doing what you want.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to
Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication,
idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger,
quarrels, dissensions, factions,
envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I
am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do
such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the
flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the
When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set
his face to go to Jerusalem.
And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they
entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for
but they did not receive him, because his face was set
When his disciples James and John saw it, they said,
"Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down
from heaven and consume them?"
But he turned and rebuked them.
Then they went on to another village.
As they were going along the road, someone said to him,
"I will follow you wherever you go."
And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds
of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to
lay his head."
To another he said, "Follow me." But he said,
"Lord, first let me go and bury my father."
But Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own
dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of
Another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but let me
first say farewell to those at my home."
Jesus said to him, "No one who puts a hand to the
plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."