Saturday, October 3, 2015
UNLESS THE LORD BUILDS THE HOUSE . . .
. . . . in vain do the builders labor
World Synod of Bishops
Vocation and Mission of the Family
in the Church
and in the Contemporary World
Do you remember what happened to Elijah?
From a human point of view,
the prophet was afraid and tried to run away.
Elijah was afraid; he got up and fled for his life . . .
He walked for forty days and forty nights to Horeb,
the mountain of God.
At that place he came to a cave and spent the night there.
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying:
"What are you doing here, Elijah?"
On Horeb, he would get his answer
not in the great wind which shatters the rocks,
nor in the earthquake nor even in the fire.
God's grace does not shout out;
it is a whisper which reaches all those
who are ready to hear its still, small voice.
It urges them to go forth,
to return to the world,
to be witnesses to God's love for mankind,
so that the world may believe . . .
This evening our prayer cannot be otherwise.
For, as Patriarch Athenagoras reminded us,
without the Holy Spirit
God is far off,
Christ remains in the past,
the Church becomes a mere organization,
authority becomes domination,
mission becomes propaganda,
worship becomes mystique,
Christian life the morality of slaves.
For unless we can unite
compassion with justice,
we will end up being
needlessly severe and deeply unjust.