HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: It is the seeker in us that makes all of us pilgrims, people on a journey towards the Lord.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR FRIDAY JUNE 10 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
1 Kings 19:9,11-16
This morning’s responsorial psalm is the prayer of the seeker. ‘It is your face, O Lord, that I seek’. We can perhaps easily identify with that psalm, because we are all seekers, to some extent. What we are ultimately seeking and searching for is none other than the Lord. ‘Our hearts are restless until they rest in you’. It is the seeker in us that makes all of us pilgrims, people on a journey towards the Lord.
*FROM THE FIRST READING*
Elijah, the prophet, was clearly such a seeker. He set out on a journey, on a pilgrimage, to the mountain of God, Mount Sinai, or Mount Horeb, as it was also called. When he reached that mountain, he met with the Lord, but not in the way he might have expected. Within that biblical culture, it was expected that God would reveal himself in the more extraordinary phenomena of nature, in fire or storm or earthquake. However, on this occasion, God revealed himself to Elijah in a much more subtle and more humble way – in what the reading calls, ‘the sound of a gentle breeze’.
As Elijah in our first reading sought out the mountain of God, we need to seek out the mountain of prayer. On the mountain, Elijah experienced the presence of the Lord in ‘the sound of a gentle breeze’. The Lord doesn’t overpower us; he comes to us gently, imperceptibly, respecting our freedom. Whenever we welcome his coming and receive him into our hearts, he will send us out, as he sent out Elijah, to bring his life-giving presence to all those we meet.
May you have a Blessed Friday, God bless you!
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA