Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

June 12, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


First Book of Kings 19:9a, 11-16

Psalm 27

Matthew 5:27-32


The first reading from the First Book of Kings is one of my favorite passages from the Old Testament.  Fleeing for his life, the prophet Elijah finds refuge in a cave.  There, the Word of the Lord came to him and challenged him to go out and stand on the mountain before God. 

Elijah’s task was to discover God there.  However, what I find fascinating in the reading is that God does not appear in what might be considered a “normal appearance.”  At first there is a wind so strong that it crushed rocks on the mountaintop; but the Lord was not there.  Then there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in that terrifying event.  Finally, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the conflagration.  Where then would Elijah discover God?   What we do know is that each one of these awesome events speak of great power and authority.  Events like this are more typical of the Bible image of God and how God is manifested in all His magnificence.

It was only after these occurrences that God’s presence was shown in a still, small voice.  Only then did Elijah the Prophet cover His face in reverence and exit the cave to hear God’s special Word to him.  A Word that sent him back to his people to continue to bring to them the message of conversion.

What strikes me is how often many of us look for God in the marvelous, the masterful, and the magnificent and miss the quiet, still voice of God’s Holy Word that is so gentle, but so beautifully comes to us.  What a challenge it is to be tuned into the Word of God, a Word that invites, encourages and challenges us as we continue to work out our life of faith, hope and love given so generously in our baptism.

Question of the Day:  How will you recognize God’s Word and reverently attend to its meaning in your life?

Prayer:  Lord, in my fear, in my discouraged and wounded times, let me listen for you, for your gentle voice, deep down inside my own heart.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all those who have been affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.


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