In the Old Testament reading for Friday, the feast of St. Anthony, Elijah has escaped from those who wish him harm. He has come to the mountain on the Lord to hide from his enemies. God speaks to Elijah and tells him to stand outside the cave where he is hiding, that the “Lord will be passing by”. First there is a mighty wind, then an earthquake and a fire. But the Lord was not in any of those. Then there is a tiny whispering sound and Elijah hides his face. God asks Elijah why he is here. Elijah responds with a litany of complaints – no one listens to him, the people have forsaken the Covenant. They have torn down the Lord’s altars, killed the prophets and are pursuing him. God listens carefully and quietly and then tells Elijah to go do his job by anointing a couple of kings and selecting Elisha to succeed him as prophet. I read this passage after my time in the Adoration Chapel where I was complaining to God, telling Him that I don’t know what He wants from me. I don’t know if I am on the right path. Like He did with Elijah, God listened very quietly. Unlike Elijah, God didn’t tell me to go about my business or did He?
We had Fr. deYoung as presider today at the Liturgy for St. Anthony. He reflected on this passage, that it reminds him to seek a quiet place away from the noise of the world to pray. This new priest, just ordained last week, is a good speaker and I think he will make a great priest. I prayed for uncle Tony at today’s Mass and also the lady Margie who is in the RCIA class. Her dad’s Confirmation name was Anthony.