Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, August 9, 2020
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Our first reading from the Book of Kings takes us back roughly 860 years before Christ. Queen Jezebel was living in Israel at that time and she was trying to lead God’s people into paganism and the prophet Elijah was trying to keep them faithful to God. There was a conflict between the two of them and the Queen wanted to kill Elijah so he left Israel and went to Mount Sinai. Elijah heard God speaking to him not in the wind, not in the earthquake, not in the fire but in the tiny whispering sound.
Jesus shows His power over the forces of nature when He walks on the water. Peter wants to walk on the water to be with Jesus. After he finds himself on the water, the wind was strong and Peter became frightened and began to sink. He cried out for help and the Lord reached out His hands to Peter. Are their times in our lives when we begin to sink because of our sins? When we cry out to Him, He reaches out to bring us to Himself, especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
God bless you and keep you healthy.
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