At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave, where he took shelter. But the word of the LORD came to him, He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.
When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
He replied, “I have been most zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. But the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to the sword. I alone am left, and they seek to take my life.” The LORD said to him, “Go, take the road back to the desert near Damascus. When you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king of Aram. Then you shall anoint Jehu, son of Nimshi, as king of Israel, and Elisha, son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah, as prophet to succeed you.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Elijah recognizes the voice of the Lord not in wind, earthquake, or fire, but in the tiniest of whispers. St Ignatius counseled that we, too, can hear the voice of God. God is present when we experience consolation, i.e., peace, joy, freedom, and connection to others. Those experiences of God’s communication are often gentle. I might admire the drawing my young child is making with sidewalk chalk and find that a sense of gratitude wells up in my heart. Or I might suddenly recognize that participating in a service project has led me to connect deeply with a community. In prayer, too, we need make space to listen to God, who often speaks with the simplest words, or leads us by subtle yet sensible interior movements. Today, can I make room to listen to God?
—Marina McCoy is an associate professor of philosophy at Boston College.
before your God.
Let your God look upon you.
That is all.
God loves you with an enormous love
and only wants to look upon you
with that generous love.
Let your God love you.