READINGS for 2006-06-16
?There was a furious wind... Then there was a soft whisper.? ?1 Kings 19:11-12
I heard a famous Catholic preacher say: ?True Worship is when there is no band, no music, no stage, no congregation, nothing... Just you and the Lord.?
Open my ears, Lord... and help me to listen.
1 Kings 19:9, 11-16
Elijah?s ministry as a prophet is not a total success. The people, to the point that his life is in danger, constantly hound him. Elisha is anointed to follow in his stead. This must have been a somewhat dubious honor given the sufferings of his predecessor. The same can be true of any leadership position and so it is only with trust and humility before God that any leader will be able to fulfill his or her responsibilities.
9 There he came to a cave, where he took shelter. But the word of the LORD came to him, ?Why are you here, Elijah?? 11 Then the LORD said, ?Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.? A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD ? but the LORD was not in the wind.After the wind there was an earthquake ? but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake there was fire ? but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. 13 When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, ?Elijah, why are you here?? 14 He replied, ?I have been most zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. But the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to the sword. I alone am left, and they seek to take my life.? 15 ?Go, take the road back to the desert near Damascus,? the LORD said to him. ?When you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king of Aram. 16 Then you shall anoint Jehu, son of Nimshi, as king of Israel, and Elisha, son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah, as prophet to succeed you.?
P S A L M
Psalm 27:7-8, 8-9, 13-14
R: I long to see your face, O Lord.
7 Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call; have pity on me, and answer me. 8 Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks. (R) Your presence, O LORD, I seek. 9 Hide not your face from me; do not in anger repel your servant. You are my helper cast me not off. (R) 13 I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD. (R)
G O S P E L
Christ teaches us that when it comes to our sexuality it is purity of thought and action that is critical. If we allow our passions to overcome our reason they will inevitably lead to sin. If we control our sexual appetite, as we have to any other appetite in our lives, then we will grow stronger in the grace of purity and learn to love in a more wholesome way. Let us seek to avoid the places and situations where we will be tempted against impurity and seek to grow love others in a pure and self-emptying fashion.
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The words of Jesus about adultery and divorce involve more than such particular marital woes. They reveal to us a certain outlook of Jesus about authentic holiness.
Let us pray for holiness, for purity of heart. But let us also pray that God accepts our sacrifice of self and of our goodness, that others may be drawn to light and to conversion.
St. John Francis Regis, confessor, pray for us.
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