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First Reading for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

1 Kings 19:9A, 11-13A

Summary: God revealed Himself to Elijah not through dramatic natural events like wind, earthquakes, or fire, but through a gentle whisper, demonstrating His presence in subtle ways.

God's Quiet Presence

At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter.

Then the LORD said to him, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.”

A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD— but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake— but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire— but the LORD was not in the fire.

After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.

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