The Absence and the Presence of God

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…

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10th Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Elijah had fled to Zarephath of Sidon for refuge from the wrathful king of Israel and was staying at the house of a widow when her son died.  She is obviously devastated by the loss and she wonders how it could have happened under the same roof of the so called prophet of God.  Elijah himself seems shaken and blames God. “O LORD, my God, will you afflict even the widow with whom I am staying by killing her son?” He lays his body over the son’s body and prays three times until the “life breath” returns to the child’s body.

A similar tragic scene is played out in Nain.  A widow has lost her only son.  In a society where your place, your property and your rights were only linked to the male in your family, with the passing of her son…

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