There is another reference to Elijah. This time it is from the lips of Jesus. In Luke 4:25-26, Jesus says that Elijah was not accepted by his own people, but was sent instead to a non-Jew, the widow in Zarephath. Jesus' implication is that the Jews of Nazareth are just as unaccepting of him, a native son, as the Jews of the northern kingdom of Israel were of Elijah. And so the prophet, whether Elijah or Jesus, is sent to a person or people who are more open to the word of God.
For Reflection: Being sent to speak to other people, to do the work of God, may cause us to be alone or to feel alone. But in the power of the Spirit we can draw on the strength of God, on the strength of those worshiping in heaven and on the strength of the faithful on earth.
Let us pray with those in heaven: "Holy, holy holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. . . . You are worthy, our Lord and God to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being" (Revelation 4:8, 11).