Posted by: livingscripture | June 14, 2018

tenth Thursday of Ordinary Time


Thursday June 14, 2018

     Week Ten of Ordinary Time       

 WORD of the DAY 

Elijah then said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and drink.   (1 Kings 18: 41)


 How shall I live this Word?

King Ahab would have Elijah dead; in fact, he thought he had already eliminated him. Finding him again is a form of defeat and betrayal by those to whom had entrusted the mission of suppressing every prophet of God in Israel. It is also the sign of how the challenge between Baal and the God of Elijah is open.  Abdia introduces Elijah to Ahab and he accepts the meeting. The words of Elijah are few and without implications: the drought is ending, Israel is safe, you, Ahab can return to life as usual.

The authority of Elijah stops Ahab who obeys. It’s raining and the water brings life back.

Lord, faith in you helps us transform our reality. Without strange miracles, our life entrusted to you resumes its normal orientation and becomes a vital extension of your creation, an expression of your mercy.

 The Voice of Pope Francis Homily of June 13, 2014

 The Lord, when He wants to give us a mission, wants to give us a job, prepares us. He prepares us to do it well, as He prepared Elijah. The whole journey is important to get to the mission that the Lord entrusts, not just the result.  And this is the difference between the apostolic mission that the Lord gives us and any other task. When the Lord gives a mission, He always brings us into a process, a process of purification, a process of discernment, a process of obedience, a process of prayer.  This is the Christian life.




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