Speak Lord: in loud silence

DSC02596 Lerins, 2013

When Elijah reached Horeb, the mountain of the Lord, he went into the cave and spent the night in it. Then he was told, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’

Then the Lord himself went by. There came a mighty wind, so strong it tore the mountains and shattered the rocks before the Lord. But the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind came an earthquake. But the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire. But the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there came the sound of a gentle breeze. And when Elijah heard this, he covered his face with his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

1 Kings 19:9,11-13
First reading for 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Hopefully it is not wrong to suggest that maybe, after all, God was in the mighty wind and in the earthquake, just as much as in the gentle breeze. But the Lord did not need Elijah to meet him there and so kept quiet in all that noise and disturbance.

In the quiet of the breeze he speaks, and in that quiet silence he discloses himself to Elijah: he knows just how, just now, Elijah needs to know him and be known by him… and so silence speaks volumes…

  • Where might the Lord wish you to know him afresh?

Lerins. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.


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