All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy!
The first reading is from the second Book of Kings and gives us a delightful story of Elisha who rewards the hospitality of the woman with the promise of a baby son.
The second reading is from Paul's letter to the Romans and reminds us that "If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him."
The Gospel is from Matthew 10:37-42 and ends with this consoling verse: "And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple--amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward."
Which reminds me of an article I read that spoke of how high the price of water has risen and how many right here in our own country cannot afford to have running water. And how many in other parts of the world do not have any water near them but must carry it from a well or a river. We take so much for granted.