Posted by: livingscripture | June 9, 2010

Tenth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things by your command.  Answer me, Lord!  Answer me, that this people may know that you, Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to their senses.

                                                 1 Kings 18: 36-37

 How should we live this Word

 God’s prophet Elijah is in conflict with his people.  They are infatuated with the false gods that are honored with superstitious and ridiculous cults.  He is living a difficult hour of his life adventure.  It is beautiful to note his way of praying.

 “Let it be known this day that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant.”  He has no thought for himself.  The ardor of his heart is for the glory of the living God.  He desires that God’s majesty be acknowledged and that he himself would have no other distinction or boast than to be God’s servant.  Elijah’s identity shines forth in these words that mark a true prophet.

 I too am a prophet though the greatness of my baptism.  Thus my dignity is great.  However, it can shine only if I recognize and live God’s primacy in my days and I joyfully seek to serve Him in love.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect that Elijah prefigured Jesus through living only to reveal and magnify the Father and being among us as one who serves.

 Lord, I beg You, grant that everything in me may be polarized toward the God who created me out of love and, for love, wants me as His servant.

 The voice of St. Ireneus, Church Father

 Friendship with God makes human beings glorious and supplies what is lacking to them.  We can give nothing to God because He does not need our love.  Instead, we have need of God’s glory and cannot obtain it without serving Him. 

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