God is great and powerful but speaks to us through things that seem small and insignificant. Fr. David Romero, SJ, reflects on Elijah’s encounter with God through the still, small voice. Based on the readings for Sunday, August 9, 2020.
Strong wind!!?? Earthquakes!!?? Fires!!?….A still-small voice…what’s your image of God?
Hi, I’m David Romero, and this is my One-Minute Homily.
Today we see Elijah journeying on Mt. Horeb (also known as Mt. Sinai). Sound familiar? Elijah repeats the trip most famous for Moses. And like Moses, Elijah experiences a revelation of God while dealing with people and things that discouraged him.
But he didn’t expect it to go this way. God in the strong wind? Nope. The earthquake? Yea-nope! The fire, for sure, like Moses!? Sorry! God doesn’t repeat the burning bush scene with Elijah. It was in the still, small voice.
Elijah thought of God as power and might. And he’s right! God isn’t limited. God’s power is also in the whisper, the gentle word of reassurance that says to us who are anxious, discouraged, and uncertain: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”