I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD — for he proclaims peace. Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land.

There seems to be a lot of shouting going on today.  But don’t look for God in the loud shouts of man.  God will speak to you in whispers…Matthew tells us that…”What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.”  We heard this proclaimed in our first reading from this morning too…

At the mountain of God, Horeb,
Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter.
Then the LORD said to him,
“Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;
the LORD will be passing by.”
A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains
and crushing rocks before the LORD—
but the LORD was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake—
but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake there was fire—
but the LORD was not in the fire.
After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.
When he heard this,
Elijah hid his face in his cloak
and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.

After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound…God came to Elijah in a tiny whispering sound.  Hearing that reading proclaimed a couple of times this morning, the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear and a beautiful thought came into my mind.  God still comes to us, just like Elijah in the days of old.  It happens during the Eucharistic prayer…when Father speaks the words of Christ and says “do this in memory of Me” and he elevates the Body and then the Chalice of Sacred Blood.  All in the church is quiet at that moment and what happens…God comes to us in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  It isn’t with loud shouts of acclamation or booming sounds of Thunder, it is in the simple act of elevating the Host and the Chalice and during  that brief moment of reflection – He quietly enters.  What a beautiful Mass I had this morning reflecting on that.

Do something great for our Lord today – look for Him in the quiet whispers of your life – He will be there waiting for you.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will which is Love and Mercy itself.

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