Wednesday 10th June 2020
Tenth week in ordinary time year II
1 Kings 18:20-39, Matthew 5:17-19
Many of us grew up hearing of one dreaded shrine or the other, or a powerful native doctor or vudu who you do not toil with. Many Christians are very much afraid of demonic powers that they do all they can to avoid those they think are evil.
The story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal is a very popular one among Christians. There is even a popular song "God of Elijah send down fire". The story goes a long way to show that there is no other god apart from God almighty. Christians who really put their lives in the hands of God like Elijah, have nothing to fear.
The psalmist tells us that these idols are made of silver and gold, made by human hands.They have mouths but say nothing, have eyes but see nothing, have ears but hear nothing, have noses but smell nothing.They have hands but cannot feel, have feet but cannot walk, no sound comes from their throats (psalm115: 5-7). If you grew up in some fetish environment, you will come across some elements sacrificed to idols wasting away on the ground. Some people even end up eating them. St Paul talking about food sacrificed to idols advised Christians not to eat it because of scandal to the weak of faith (1 Cor 8). The scriptures therefore warns us not to have anything to do with worthless gods because those who make and worship them will end up like them (psalm 115:8).
Elijah therefore proves to us today that God listens and answers our prayers. He does not sleep nor slumber. If you are in a difficult situation at the moment and you are considering looking for help somewhere else or you are already in an ungodly journey, retrace your steps because the God of Elijah is the same God we worship, and he will surely send down fire to remedy the situation. God help us. Amen
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP