Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
(I Kings 17:7-16; Matthew 5:13-16)
The recent movie Philomena opens with a devout woman at prayer. Later it is learned that she asks God constantly to enable her to know the whereabouts of her son who was separated from her many years before as a child. Eventually the woman decides to pursue an offer that a journalist makes to find her son. Could it not be said that the Lord answered the woman’s prayer by telling her to trust the journalist? God seems to be speaking to Elijah in this way in today’s first reading.
The Scripture is quite explicit. “So the Lord said to Elijah:” it says, “’Move on…’” It may be that Elijah hears a voice ordering him, but it is more likely that Elijah intuits the Lord’s command. The difference between Elijah and most other people who say that the Lord spoke to them is that Elijah constantly waits on the Lord attending to every word from Scripture.
God speaks to us as well. Principally He communicates through the Scriptures, especially the gospels in which we hear the words of Jesus. We must discipline ourselves to intuit what He intends for us personally by constantly carrying out His will and praying for guidance.