Tuesday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time
I Kings 17:7-16
Without a doubt, this is my favorite time of the year. I love that it is still light at 10:00 o’clock in the evening and that by 5:00 the morning light is coming over the horizon. It is a good reminder to us of how much the light of Christ is to be shining through us.
I have read this first reading many times, and each time I think, “Elijah sounds bossy to this widow, and he is asking a lot of her.” As I have done more reflecting, I have changed that point of view because he is only letting the light of God shine through him. Here is what I mean by that, Elijah has been running for his life as King Ahab and his wife, Queen Jezebel, want him dead. The Lord God tells Elijah to run away and go to a river bed where animals will bring him food. When the water dries up in the river bed, God tells him to go to a foreign country, and there he will encounter a widow. Elijah is trusting in the Lord that God will take care of him. When Elijah arrives in this foreign land as sees the widow he asks for a drink of water, this will cost her nothing, so she goes and gets him a drink. When he asks to be served something to eat, now this will cost her own life but also the life of her son as she has just put a little flour and a little oil. As the light of God shines through Elijah, the woman does as she is told and God takes care of her and her son and they do not die of starvation.
In our Gospel, Jesus challenges us to allow his light to shine through us. We are not the light we only let the light of Christ shine through us.
What will people see in us as the light of God shines through us?