St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Why was Elijah sitting in a cave on Horeb, the mountain of God? It was all because of Jezebel, the pagan queen of Israel and her prophets of Baal.

Elijah had challenged 450 prophets of Baal to a sacrificial duel at Mt. Carmel. Both he and they were to place on wood a young bull prepared for sacrifice but light no fire. Instead both were to call upon their god. Whichever god answered with fire would be declared the winner and worthy of worship. The prophets of Baal spent hours calling him and received no answer. Elijah mocked them and their god/ saying perhaps he’s asleep or meditating or on a journey or retired. They continued calling. “But there was not a sound; no one answered, and no one was listening.” Now it was Elijah’s turn. He built a stone altar, dug a trench around it, put the pieces of the young bull on the wood, and ordered four jars of water to be poured over the holocaust not once, not twice, but three times to ensure it was soaked. What chutzpah! He called upon the Lord and the Lord answered with fire which consumed the sacrifice, the wood, the stones of the altar, the dust, and even the water in the trench! I think he probably thought “Thank you, God.” He then killed all the prophets of Baal. Now this did not sit well with Jezebel who swore to have Elijah killed in the same manner. Of course Elijah escaped to the desert and prayed for death at the hands of the Lord. But an angel of the Lord strengthened him with food and water and he made his way to Horeb, walking 40 days and 40 nights. And that’s why he was in that cave when he heard the command to go outside and stand before the Lord.

Now in the past when the Lord made his presence known to Moses on Mt. Sinai (aka Horeb). There were clouds, wind, earthquakes, and fire so that the Israelites were awestruck and fearful. But for Elijah, none of these revealed the Lord but only a tiny whispering sound. No more would God answer the prophets with mighty deeds as the Lord did at Mt. Carmel. From now on they were to go to their roots in the Covenant into which the Lord and the people entered at Mt. Sinai and seek the Lord’s will and words in the sounds of silence in their souls.

Elijah was called out of the cave, his safe place, to return and continue his ministry of proclaiming the true and only God. Peter, too, was called from his safe place, a boat, to answer a call to walk on water toward Jesus. After a few steps he faltered because of the wind and the rough seas. But at least he tried! And, Jesus was there to save him.

What are the safe places in our lives that the Lord is calling us out of, even for a moment or two, to more trust and to a greater faith in the Lord our God?

The only way to find out is to be still, putting away looking for dramatic manifestations of God’s presence, and listening to the tiny whisper within us.

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, A17

 

Faith Formation Registration ~ 2018-2019

Faith Formation Classes, Grades 1-9 ~ Please register before May 31 (to avoid a late fee)

Registration forms are available HERE or at both of the church entrances.

Please place your completed forms in an envelope marked Faith Formation. Envelopes may be placed in the offertory basket, brought to the church office, or mailed.

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WildWestCampVACATION BIBLE CAMP

Your child will go back in time to the Wild, Wild West for a Wild Western Adventure Romp! They will enter a world of outlaws, cowboys, frontier games and even some wild animals. I hope many of the children join us on this spectacular adventure right here at St John Fisher Church! This will be an opportunity for kids to explore not only the thrilling Wild West, but also a way to discover a living spiritual relationship with Jesus and learn more about some Bible “outlaws” who chose to follow God and do what’s right. There will be Western themed games, crafts, activities, music and snacks It will be a week of ROOTIN’ TOOTIN” FUN !!!!

Date: August 6-9 Time: 9:00-noon  Where: St. John Fisher Church Hall

This camp is open to children entering grades 1-6  Cost is $25 per child

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UPCOMING TEEN EVENT

TeenCookoutSaturday, June 16th  - spring into summer with our ANNUAL COOKOUT! Come celebrate our seniors at the 4:00pm mass where they will be recognized then join us down stairs for a cookout, s’mores and field games. 4:00(mass) 8:00pm.

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