19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 9, 2020
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.
When he heard this,
Elijah hid his face in his cloak
Where does God live is a one million question of our time, Some seek him in the Church, Some seek him in the Bible? Some seek him in meditations , Some seek him in their Alter Photos and Crucifixes, Some seek him in the Sacraments , Some seek him in the Worship, Praise and intercessions, some seek him among the poor and sick.
As per the Catechism we have learnt that God is everywhere. Elijah thought Gods presence may be in Storm, Earthquake and Fire but he could not feel his presence any of them but he felt his presence in a gentle breeze . Jesus fed five thousand people by making a miracle from five bread and two fish but went to a mountain to feel the presence of God. Elijah also went to the Mount Horeb to feel the presence of God. Why people go to the mountain to feel the presence of God? Jewish temples were built in an area of several kilometres and many rituals , religious activities used to take place from these temple areas. There was areas of inner court , outer court and Holy of Holy’s , where God used to encounter the Priests. People used to Sacrifice Animals as sin offering and pour the blood in the outer court to be purified themselves to enter the inner Court. Priests were only permitted to enter the Holy of Holy’s. There was a big Curtain between the Holy of Holy’s and the outer Court and no one could see the presence of God.
Jesus died outside the City of Jerusalem on the Mount Calvary as a sign for the atonement of the sins of the Whole World, when Jesus died on the Cross the temple Curtain tore in between as a sign to break the barrier of the Law which bound Gods presence behind the Curtain of Law and Scriptures. The presence of God is the Spirit of God and made available by Jesus by his death on the Cross, to every person and place of this World without any limit or boundary. The mountain is symbolic place which symbolizes away from the Worldly activities.
We can meet God in a meeting point of every situation or in our day today life. The presence of God is there every where but not in all activities of our life. To meet God we must cross beyond those Worldly situations in our life and get in to mountain experience by entering in to a relationship of Gods love where it meets the Horizon. This is the meeting point. In our day today life if we seek this mountain or meeting point or beyond the Horizon or the presence of God then we can experience the presence of God.
If we want to lead a quality life , we must experience the presence or love of God in every situation, and if the presence of God is missing in those situations we must go beyond those situations or wait for his presence. Most of the peace makers or Apologetic use this process to bring peace in the difficult and hopeless situations. If we search him even in the darkest situations , there is a Common area or a mutual area or loving area or a secret quiet area where we can experience his presence. We can use this formula to every individual or situations of our life.This is the hope of Salvation and proof of Gods presence and God love that he lives in everyone and in ever situation. Elijah experienced him in the gentle breeze, Jesus sought him away from the World alone on a Mountain and Paul sought him above the race of Israel.
When we encounter Gods presence in that portion of the activity of our life and involve him or stir that area or stir that Spirit , a supernatural miracle takes place and the impossible Natural things changed in to Supernatural or Divine . Peter saw Jesus in that positive angle as Lord and started walking on the Water. God calls us to look at those areas or that meeting point and focus on those good and positive things which multiplies and brings abundance of Gods love to build the Kingdom of love.
Prayer : Lord I may look beyond the situation for Gods love and his presence in my life.Amen.