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First Reading for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16A

Summary: Elisha visited a kind woman in Shunem. She made a room for him. Elisha promised she would have a son within a year.

Elisha and the Woman from Shunem

One day Elisha came to Shunem, where there was a woman of influence, who urged him to dine with her.

Afterward, whenever he passed by, he used to stop there to dine.

So she said to her husband, “I know that Elisha is a holy man of God. Since he visits us often, let us arrange a little room on the roof and furnish it for him with a bed, table, chair, and lamp, so that when he comes to us he can stay there.”

Sometime later Elisha arrived and stayed in the room overnight.Later Elisha asked, “Can something be done for her?”

His servant Gehazi answered, “Yes!

She has no son, and her husband is getting on in years.”

Elisha said, “Call her.”

When the woman had been called and stood at the door, Elisha promised, “This time next year you will be fondling a baby son.”

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