VATICAN CITY, June 13 (CNA/EWTN News) .- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the mission given to each of us by God, stating that when the Lord asks us to do something, he always prepare us through a personal process.
“When the Lord wants to give us a mission, wants to give us a task, He
prepares us. He prepares us to do it well, as he prepared Elijah,” the
Pope explained in his June 13 daily Mass.
“The most important part of this…is the whole journey by which we arrive at the mission the Lord entrusts to us.”
Speaking to those present in the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse, the
Roman Pontiff centered his address on the day's first reading, taken
from the First Book of Kings, in which the prophet Elijah searches for
the Lord and finds him only in a small breeze.
Observing how often times we can be courageous servants of God one
moment and afterward become depressed when someone in our mission
frightens us, the Pope explained that it is always up to God to balance
the extremes of human strength and fragility.
Elijah is an example of the story of every human being, he noted,
recalling how he first searched for God in a strong wind, an earthquake
and a fire, but did not find him until there was a soft breeze.
“The Lord was not in the wind, the earthquake, the fire, but in that
whisper of a light breeze, in the peace, or, as the original says, – the
true original, a beautiful expression – it says: 'The Lord was in a
thread of silent sound,'” the pontiff stated.
Although the finding of God in “that thread of silent sound” might seem
“to be a contradiction,” Elijah knew “how to discern where the Lord
was,” the Pope continued, “and the Lord prepared him with the gift of
discernment. And then He gave him the mission.”
Describing how Elijah's mission was to anoint the new king of Israel as
well as the prophet called to succeed himself, Pope Francis called
attention to the delicate and sensitive way in which the prophet's task
was appointed to him, having once been courageous and zealous, but who
now seemed defeated.
“The Lord prepares the soul, prepares the heart,” he said, “and He
prepares it in trial, He prepares it in obedience, He prepares it in
Emphasizing how God always prepares us when he wants to give us a task,
the pontiff explained that the most important element of our
preparation is not necessarily our initial encounter with God, “the
whole journey by which we arrive at the mission” he has given us.
“And this is the difference between the apostolic mission given us by
the Lord, and a common task: 'Ah, you have to complete this task, you
have to do this or that…' a human duty, honest, good…”
“But when the Lord gives a mission,” he noted, “He always has us enter
into a process, a process of purification, a process of discernment, a
process of obedience, a process of prayer.”
Going on, the Bishop of Rome pointed out that to be faithful in this
process means “allowing ourselves to be led by the Lord,” just as Elijah
did when he overcame his fear of the queen Jezebel, who had threatened
to kill him.
Recalling how Jezebel was “a wicked queen, and she killed her enemies,”
Pope Francis explained that although Elijah was afraid, “the Lord is
However, going through this process of fear makes the prophet
understand “that they, the great and the good, also need the help of the
Lord and the preparation for the mission,” he observed.
“We see this: he walks, obeys, suffers, discerns, prays… he finds the
Lord,” the Pope concluded, praying that the Lord give each of us “the
grace to allow ourselves to prepare every day the way of our life, so
that we can bear witness to the salvation of Jesus.”