Posted by: livingscripture | June 7, 2010

Tenth Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

Elijah said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, during these years there shall be no dew or rain except at my word.

                                                       1 Kings 17: 1

 How should we live this Word

 Elijah, whose name means Yahweh is God, speaks to Ahab who has forgotten the Lord’s help and blessings, and has now turned to idol worship.  What is striking is the power and certainty with which the great Prophet addresses the king.  There is no hesitation.  There is no misunderstanding.  There is no fear.  Elijah, a man of God, personally lives Ahab’s sin.  By turning his back on God, Ahab has provoked his people’s abandonment to idolatry.  The Prophet participates in the divine power.  He lives in God’s presence continually and God’s Word becomes one thing with the prophet’s word.

 What Elijah has prophesied is about to happen.  Drought will be the punishment of corrective value for Ahab and the people.  Elijah is assured of his bread and water as part of God’s solicitude which never abandons His faithful ones.

 At least two lessons emerge from this passage.  First, there is the remaining in God’s presence which is not merely knowing He exists, but rather living under His vivifying gaze.  There is the pride of a sovereign who, with his people, chooses idolatry and pays the price because nature itself rebels against him and denies him the right rhythm of rain and dew.  There is the experience of the prophet who is not listened to by the king or the people, but is protected by God.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the importance of the prophetic dimension of my baptism. Do I live it with joy?  Am I consoled at the thought that if I am aware of God’s presence in me, He can more easily find free passage to express His solicitude for me?

 O Lord, grant me the courage to live the prophetic dimension of my baptism by believing firmly that God wants to work good through me.

 The voice of St. Paul of the Cross, XVIII century mystic

Remain in God’s presence with a pure and simple loving attention to this immense Good, in a sacred silence of love, resting your spirit in this holy silence in the loving bosom of the Eternal God.


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