The appearance of a cloud “as small as a hand” in today’s first reading signals the end of the years-long drought Elijah had proclaimed. Elijah’s prayers and fasting had been heard: God prevailed over Baal. What might our prayers bring, Fr Peter wonders, especially if we complete them with a little fasting?
Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, crouched down to the earth, and put his head between his knees. “Climb up and look out to sea, ” he directed his servant… The youth reported, “There is a cloud as small as a man’s hand rising from the sea.”
1 KGS 18:41-46
“Leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”