Sunday August 9, 2020

Biblical readings: 1 Kings 19, 9a.11-14a; Psalm 84; Romans 9, 1-5; Matthew 14, 22-33

Dear family:

Today's readings let us see that the presence of God is different from how one could imagine it.

Sometimes one thinks that God, as he is strong, will only show himself in great and impressive events; sometimes one thinks that God, as he is good, will not let us go through moments of insecurity.
And yet God, being strong and being good, is present in our lives in ways that we don't understand.

Hidden in the cracks of the sacred mountain, Elijah is actually sheltered and garrisoned by the power of God's embrace. And there God himself wants to manifest himself to him, as a sign of an alliance that does not die and as proof of the unbreakable fidelity of the Most High.

It is not the fire or the earthquake that brings God, in this case; it's a gentle breeze. In the battle against his enemies God shows his greatness but with his friends what he reveals is his closeness. That breeze that refreshes, that serene, that caresses, is a sign of love and the word of the Friend.

In the gospel, on the other hand, there is a case of a rushing breeze. Pedro walks on the waves but the force of the opposite wind makes him hesitate. The thread of faith that unites him to Jesus breaks for a moment, Peter fails in his confidence and the man begins to sink into the waves.

Let's highlight two things, learning from the experience of another. First, that Peter sinks when he looks more at difficulties than at Jesus. Once you have taken your eyes off the Lord, you are as vulnerable and helpless as anyone standing in the middle of the sea.

But second, let us learn from Peter to go to the same Lord whom we have failed. His faith has stumbled but humility allows him to exclaim: "Lord, save me!" Humility, the principle of repentance, somehow heals what lack of faith had lost.

Have a good Sunday, everyone!
P. Yader F. Centeno

Fr. Yader Francisco Centeno Jerez

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