Thursday, June 15, 2006
Friday 10th Week in Ordinary Time
June 16, 2006
Friday 10th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
1 KINGS 19:9,11-16
And there he came to a cave, and lodged there; and behold, the word of
the LORD came to him, and he said to him, "What are you doing here,
Elijah?" And he said, "Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the
LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent
the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the
LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the
LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but
the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went
out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a
voice to him, and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" He said, "I
have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the people
of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thy altars, and slain
thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek
my life, to take it away." And the LORD said to him, "Go, return on
your way to the wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, you shall
anoint Hazael to be king over Syria; and Jehu the son of Nimshi you
shall anoint to be king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat of
Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place.
"You have heard that it was said, `You shall not commit adultery. But I
say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already
committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you
to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one
of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if
your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is
better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go
into hell. "It was also said, `Whoever divorces his wife, let him give
her a certificate of divorce. But I say to you that every one who
divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an
adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
The prophet Elijah was struggling to promote the worship of Yahweh,
doing all he could to wean the people away from the false idol, Baal.
Queen Jezebel, a devotee of Baal and a woman who got what she wanted,
vowed to kill him. Elijah fled, terrified. So exhausted was he by his
fear that he asked God to take his life. God instead prodded him to eat
and drink food that God himself provided, and then directed him to hike
forty days to Mt. Horeb. There Elijah hid in a cave.
Yahweh told Elijah that he would come to him and allow him to feel his
presence. Elijah was a master showman. Remember how he stage-managed
the confrontation between Yahweh and Baal. Apparently he had the idea
that God would manifest himself only in a spectacular way -a storm
perhaps, a massive fire, or an earthquake.
But in none of nature's cataclysmic disturbances did God manifest
himself to Elijah. Then Elijah heard a tiny whispering sound, a gentle
breeze stirring the trees. He immediately went to the entrance of the
cave, hid his head in his cloak, and was aware that he was in God's
presence. His depression dissolved.
Why does God not manifest himself in spectacular circumstances? The
answer isn't all that important. What is important is to realize that
God's presence is always available to us. All we need do is to wrap
ourselves in quiet and in the quiet we will find God.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the special intentions of Jasmin
- good health, safety and blessings for the Pe Family
- for the personal intentions of Jennette
- for the speedy recovery of Ding Vidanes.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Jesus Milla. Eternal rest
grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and
all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for the speedy and full recovery of Charles Co Ching To.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Arceli Dominque Lopez
Pasague. Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine
upon her. May she and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Jaime V. Ongpin (+)
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilfred & Edna Lim
- for the eternal repose of soul of Raymond Alexander Ronald
- for the grace to know and do the will of God for Corie
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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