Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 18:3-16
St. Paul says, “I was made a servant with the responsibility towards you that God gave to me, that of contemplating God’s message…. It was God’s purpose to reveal to them how rich is the glory of this mystery among the gentiles; it is Christ among you the hope of glory….” (Col. 1:25b-29) Child of God, you are God’s anointed; by baptism you are God’s prophet. I recall the Lord telling me a few years ago about coming out of the cave. I had gone into hiding out of intimidation and insecurity, believing I had nothing to offer and nothing of value to say. Thanks be to God for calling me out and setting me free from all of that bondage. The cave is a place of isolation and a burial plot. It is a place to house dry bones and bottle up echoes of God’s revelation. Obadiah offers bread and water while cutting off the revelation of the Word and the rivers of living water. I believe that there are those who have discerned the darkness and acknowledged the untainted truth. However, their voices are being stifled by the spirit of Obadiah to remain quiet and to not upset the “balance”. This has made it impossible for prophets of God to share the raw message of God without compromises. God is saying this time the prophets will not hide. This time the caves will remain empty. Come out of that fear, come out of that cave! I can sense the Lord saying, “I am speaking to prophetic voices to fear Me and reverence Me and not the voice and the threats of the enemy. This time principalities and powers will be addressed and the prophets will lay siege (“to attack continually over a long time) to areas of stronghold and captivity.”
This time, fear will not overcome the voices of the prophets. Albert Einsten says, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything” This time, the mouthpieces will not be silenced, forced into the belly of a cave and intimidated, fearing for their lives and overcome by darkness. This time, the spirit of Obadiah will not hide away the prophets of the Lord. We overcome the darkness with the light of Christ. The cave is not your home. Come out of that cave, it is time to confront that oppressive evil power in your community and in your family through the weapon of praise like Paul and Silas.
MASS: WHITE Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24:7. 8. 9. 10 (R. 10bc); Heb 2:14-18; Accl.Lk 2:32; Lk 2:22-40 PRESENTATION OF THE LORD FEAST
Prayer Points:
Father, in the name of Jesus, I confess that intimidation has made me stumble. I sincerely ask for forgiveness for underestimating Your power in my life. Forgive me for thinking that I am inferior for You created me in Your own image and I am Your workmanship. By Your power, O Lord I receive the power that raised Jesus from the grave, in Jesus name.
2. Take the prayer “Against the Forces of Darkness” in DSD, Section A.
Exercise: Take the prayer “Against Evil Altars” in “Amen: It is Done” (pg. 72) and Read the daily exercise recommended for the Novena and take the Day Eight of the novena in “Amen: It is Done”.
Meditation: 2 Timothy 1:7.