Sunday, the 19th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Pontian & Hippolytus
Readings for today’s Mass
In today's reading, God invited Elijah to the mouth of a cave for a visit. Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter. The Lord said to him, "Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will be passing by."
Outside of the cave, Elijah may have gotten bored and experienced a number of distraction. They are listed as metaphors. Elijah had a lot on his mind. One distraction was like a powerful wind blowing the mountain apart. While he was able to set that aside, his mind was then caught up in another distraction, this one as ginormous as an earthquake. Maybe you've had things on your mind that similarly caused you such great unrest. Then there was a mental interference that roared thru his belly like a blazing fire. In each of these, Elijah found no peace. Neither was God present to him.
Finally, and only after he cleared from his mind all the distractions of the rest of his life, Elijah found a quiet space in his heart where only God can rest. It was the tiny, whispering sound that brought him peace and brought him into the presence of God.
We all have stuff going on that gets in the way of productive work and prayer. Sometimes when we bring those things into our prayer, we are able to set them aside and then find that place in our hearts where we can listen to the tiny whispering sound. It works really well when we can learn to quiet ourselves, when we learn to be still and listen for the gentle whisper.