1Kings 18:20-39 | Ps. 16:1-2, 4-5, 8, 11 | Matt. 5:17-19
Jesus tells the people that He did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. He continues to say that the one who keeps the law will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Those who do not keep the law will be the least in the kingdom. As Jesus teaches these people on the mountain, he is preparing them to realize that keeping the law means the spirit of the law, not just the letter of the law. Elijah is confronting the people of Israel who have not only broken the spirit of the law but also the letter of the law and have been worshiping false gods. In order to prove that Yahweh is the one God, he tells the priests of Baal to prepare a bull for sacrifice and then call on Baal to send the fire. Elijah does the same. It is Yahweh who answers Elijah while the 450 priests of Baal are not able to receive a response from Baal. The Israelites repent and realize the call to follow the one true God.
Do you put your trust in God? Do you carry out the love of God according to the spirit of the law as well as the letter of the law? Does anyone or anything hold more importance in your life than God? Ask God for the grace to change and to love as He has called us to do. Bring your struggles to God and ask for healing.