2 Kings!

2 Kings 2:14

Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, "Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?" And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other; and Elisha went over.

Elisha was Elijah's servant.  He was promised a double portion of Elijah's spirit if he saw him ascend into heaven.  He got it.  And he promptly embarked on Elijah's mission.  We have received, not merely a Elijah's spirit (a temporary prophetic inspiration).  We have received the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Blessed Trinity who is God himself.  When we were baptized, we were baptized not just prophet, but priest and king as well.  For that is who Christ is.  Now the waters of life part for us too–if we have the gumption to walk through them with Christ.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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