HOMILY FOR THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A
HOMILY THEME: SEEKING THE LORD IN SILENCE
BY: Fr. Cosmas Ukadike
God’s word presents us today with Elijah’s encounter on the mountain.
The word of the Lord came to him saying: What are you doing here? Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by (1Kg 19, 9).
Elijah was having his rest when he heard the word speak to him. He quickly stood up and went to wait on the Lord on the mountain In a very silent way, after the absence of God in a great wind that was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces, even of course, in the face of earthquake and fire, the Lord only made his presence known to Elijah in a sound of sheer silence.
There’s something about God and silence which he wants to draw our attention to. Especially in this our present noisy and rowdy world.
This is why he urges us to be still and know that he is God(Psalm 46, 10 ).
Our world today has become noisier than ever. Even when we want to talk with the person seating next to us we must shout before we are convinced we are communicating. We have grown so used to shouting that we now believe that if we don’t shout God can’t hear us. So everything we do even prayers has to be by fire and force.
Today God was not only reorienting Elijah but also you and I, that His presence can be sort for even in silence. For the power of his silent presence is stronger than earthquakes and fire. I don’t know what you may be doing right now, but just like the Lord asked Elijah…? You need to go up the mountain and encounter the Lord in silent prayer.
The mountain signifies a place of divine encounter. This mountain can also be reached through the side altar in your room, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel or any other conducive place for prayer. The power of silent prayer disposes one to not only been Still and Calm before God in prayers but also to listen and hear clearly when God speaks.
God wants to speak to your heart today, he wants to bring down that Goliath in your life and say to the paralitic in you: rise! pick up your mat and go home. Should you begin to sink like Peter out of fear and doubt, He will save you (Mat 14, 23-33).
Let us therefore approach God in faith trusting that the gentle breeze of our daily lives brings with it Gods presence to us. And may Gods silent presence never pass us by.
Have a blessed week.