9TH AUGUST, 2020.
†19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
1Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a/Ps 85:8ab&9, 10-11, 12-13/Rom 9:1-5/Mat 14:22-33
(Rev Fr Isaac Kofi Amponsah-Boateng, CSSp; Director, Holy Ghost Schools-Makueni, Sultan Hamud, Machakos Diocese)
The 3 Readings of today give us a lot of puzzling questions, making us conceive the idea about God as ‘a God of last minute’, but He is not like what we think. In the 1st Reading, Elijah, who was fleeing for his life which was at stake, discovered God at the last minute when his hope was gone.
He had protested against “cultural colonisation” which queen Jezebel had caused to Israel. He fled to hide in the cave waiting for God in supernatural realities like wind, earthquake and fire, only to find Him in an unexpected still small voice. This shaped Elijah’s previous idea about God. In the Gospel, the disciples might have also conceived the notion about Jesus as last minute helper.
They had suffered the ferocity of the sea for nine strong hours, all their hopes were gone only to find Jesus walking majestically on the sea. They might have asked themselves ‘which so-called Lord is unconcerned like this, sending us to suffer on the sea and there he comes walking?’
No wonder they perceived him to be a ghost. Like in Elijah’s case, Jesus used their state of despair to teach them that only undoubted faith in his everlasting presence was required.
Similarly, in our lives we face such kind of loneliness, shattered by dispair. There are moments that we experience state of helplessness leading to hopelessness.
We encounter terrible moments that make us feel like dying like St Paul in the 2nd Reading. But in that fourth watch of the night is when the Lord proves his presence among us in a still voice. In our darkest moments of life, the Lord of light brings light to brighten our darkness.
All we need is faith in him.
~•That the Lord may brighten our darkest night in life
~•That families may have time for family prayers and so contemplate God’s saving help
~•That the Lord will save our world caught up with whirlwind of coronavirus pandemic.
Lord hear us