Following Mary’s example, the contemplative is a person centred in God. (VDQ 10)

Praying with us - Praying with Elijah


Praying with Elijah

Almighty, ever-living God, your prophet Elijah, our Father,
lived always in your presence
and was zealous for the honour due to your name.
May we, your servants, always seek your face
and bear witness to your love.

"He himself went on into the desert, a day's journey, and sitting under a furze bush wished he were dead. 'Yahweh,' he said, 'I have had enough. Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors. Then he lay down and went to sleep. Then all of a sudden an angel touched him and said, 'Get up and eat. He looked round, and there at his head was a scone baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. But the angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, 'Get up and eat, or the journey will be too long for you. So he got up and ate and drank, and strengthened by that food he walked for forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, God's mountain. There he went into a cave and spent the night there. Then the word of the Lord came to him saying, 'What are you doing here, Elijah?'"
(1King 19,4-9)

Song of trust in God alone
In God alone there is rest for my soul,
from him comes my safety;
 he alone is my rock, my safety,
my stronghold so that I stand unshaken.
 How much longer will you set on a victim,
all together, intent on murder,
like a rampart already leaning over,
a wall already damaged?
 Trickery is their only plan,
deception their only pleasure,
with lies on their lips they pronounce a blessing,
with a curse in their hearts.
Rest in God alone, my soul!
He is the source of my hope.
He alone is my rock, my safety,
my stronghold, so that I stand unwavering.
In God is my safety and my glory,
the rock of my strength.
In God is my refuge;
trust in him,
you people, at all times.
Pour out your hearts to him,
God is a refuge for us.
Ordinary people are a mere puff of wind,
important people a delusion;
set both on the scales together,
and they are lighter than a puff of wind.
 Put no trust in extortion,
no empty hopes in robbery;
however much wealth may multiply,
do not set your heart on it.
Once God has spoken,
twice have I heard this:
Strength belongs to God,
to you, Lord, faithful love;
and you repay everyone
as their deeds deserve.

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