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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Elijah flees Jezebel: 1 Kings 19: 4-9: Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree.  He asked that he might die: ‘It is enough now O’ Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.’  Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep.  Suddenly, an angel touched him and said to him, ‘Get up and eat.’  He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water.  He ate and drank and lay down again.  The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.  He got up and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food for forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God.” (1 Kings 19: 4-9).


In our spiritual journey, sometimes we get fatigued and feels that enough is enough!  Elijah is a great prophet of God, yet he arrived at that point of helplessness, fear and discouragement.  How much more with us,  ordinary workers for the Lord?

My brothers and sisters, God knows our struggles and if we reach a point of utter despair after a long time of service and work for God, He will send provision for the journey.  God will send His angels to encamp around us!  God will never leave us alone!  This is why it is good to go to Holy Mass especially on Sundays, our holy day of obligation.  We can take the Eucharist to fortify us to meet the struggles of the week.  

The message is the same all throughout.  God provides, He strengthens us, He sends angels to console us in this journey of life.   Just as God Almighty sends manna in the desert for the Israelites, He sent His only Begotten Son Jesus, that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. (Gospel of John).

“Be not afraid,”Thus says the Lord...

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