August 9, 2020

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today, our church tells us the story of two fear-filled men, Elijah and Peter, whose lives are threatened by imminent death, but spared by the compassion of an understanding God. Elijah flees for his life to Mount Horeb (Sinai), where God passes by and in a tiny, whispering voice announces that Elijah’s life work isn’t finished yet—there’s more to be done to repair the weakened covenant between God and his people.

In the gospel, we see Peter and the disciples fearing a drowning at sea amid a fierce storm in the middle of the night. Peter overcomes his doubt and accepts the hazardous challenge to come, to walk on the water safely to Jesus. But complete trust is lacking, and only the outstretched hand of Jesus saves Peter and the others. The complaint of Jesus, O you of little faith, why did you doubt? would become a constant refrain of the human heart in the face of every problem. Peter and the disciples knew from that moment that Jesus wasn’t finished with them yet—there’s more to be done to complete the kingdom of God on earth.

Today, in the face of the destructive coronavirus raining death and serious illness across the globe and causing massive unemployment and economic disaster everywhere, we may well fear the future of our common home and its inhabitants. May our trust in God’s unconditional love for us not be hesitant or as doubtful as that of Elijah and Peter, but may the mighty hand of Jesus rescue us from the malignant COVID-19 and permit us to continue building and enjoying the kingdom of God on earth.

Do I truly believe what Jesus said: Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid? If not—why not?

Let us Pray:

May kindness and truth meet. May justice and peace kiss. May truth spring out of the earth. May justice look down from heaven. (adapted from Psalm 85)


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