Thought of the Day July 6, 2020 The silence of God

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Today, we will begin a series of reflections on why God is sometimes silent in prayer.

In the first book of Kings, we find the story of Elijah encountering God. The prophet Elijah was fleeing from Queen Jezebel’s threat of death, because he executed her false prophets.  After a long journey he was led by God to the holy mountain of Horeb, where God, many centuries before, gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites.

"God 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?'" (1 Kings 19:11-13).

The key is, when Elijah heard the sound of sheer silence, he knew that God was present and went forth to meet Him.
The sacred author implies that silence is not empty, but rather full of the divine presence. “Silence guards the mystery,of God.” (Cardinal Sarah) Sacred Scripture invites us to enter into this silence if we want to find Him.

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