|Icon of St. Elias being taken up into Heaven|
Come O Sinner and behold St. Elias the Prophet who orchestrated the sacrifice atop Mount Carmel to prove which was the True God: Baal or the Lord.1 Two sacrifices were prepared, one for the Lord and one for Baal, but neither was lit. Both sides were to ask their god to light the sacrifice himself. The one who did so was the real one. The priests of Baal prayed and danced from the sunrise while Elias sat and did nothing. At noon Elias mocked the priests of Baal and insulted them for Baal's inability to light the sacrifice. After noon the priests of Baal cut themselves excessively that Baal might light the sacrifice, all the while Elias sat silently, but alas the sun set and no fire had come. Elias then arose and drenched his sacrifice for the Lord in water such that the water filled a trench about the altar. Calling upon by Elias, the Lord quickly lit the sacrifice with a great fire from Heaven such that the sacrifice, the altar, and even the water in the trench were all consumed. The priests of Baal were then all slain for they had fabricated an idol, the work of human hands, and worshiped it, claiming it to be God. Baal was a farce from the beginning, the work of human hands. He has a mouth but he speaks not. He has eyes but sees not. He has ears but hears not nor is their any breath in his mouth.2 The Lord alone is real. He made us and not we ourselves.3 He made us to live in His Love, to be living lamps for the fire of his Love which cries out, "Put me as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal upon thy arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy as hard as hell, the lamps thereof are fire and flames. Many waters cannot quench charity, neither can the floods drown it: if a man should give all the substance of his house for love, he shall despise it as nothing."4 Arise, arise O Sinner and follow the sacrificial Love of God, not man made pleasures. Arise, arise and utter a canticle that the world might know the Love of God.
13 Kings 18:21-40