Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a
At the mountain of God, Horeb,
Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter.
Then the LORD said to him,
“Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;
the LORD will be passing by.”
A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains
and crushing rocks before the LORD—
but the LORD was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake—
but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake there was fire—
but the LORD was not in the fire.
After the fire there was a tiny Whispering Sound.
When he heard This,
Elijah hid his face in his cloak
and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.
God was in the Whisper. He was not in the wind, earthquake, or fire, and so many of us are waiting for God’s lightning bolt to strike down to give a message. There lies a problem in the noise and distractions of the world because it can cloud over what God is trying to say to us. His Message may be mixed in with all the drama and chaos of the world. We have to silence ourselves in prayer and contemplation and know that God is trying to reach us. We have to quiet the enemy, who tries to take us away from our Savior. Lord, help us be intimate with You and rid ourselves of the distractions that take our attention from You.
Reading 2 Rom 9:1-5
Brothers and sisters:
I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie;
my conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witness
that I have great sorrow and constant anguish in my heart.
For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ
for the sake of my own people,
my kindred according to the flesh.
They are Israelites;
theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants,
the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises;
theirs the patriarchs, and from them,
according to the flesh, is the Christ,
Who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
Being a follower of Christ is hard. It is going to be difficult but worth it. We have to bear our crosses and follow Christ. The world will hate us for worshipping Jesus, but He is God. Everything good comes from God, and we must therefore worship, praise, and glorify Him in all we do.
Gospel Mt 14:22-33
After He had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
and precede Him to the other side,
while He dismissed the crowds.
After doing so, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.
When it was evening He was there alone.
Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night,
He came toward them walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea they were terrified.
“It is a Ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to Him in reply,
“Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out His Hand and caught Peter,
and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”
Many of us are just like Peter. We want proof, and even after proof, we still doubt. We think we know more than God as if Peter knew the waters were dangerous and Jesus didn’t. Jesus knew how terrifying the winds were just like how crazy our lives are, and He promised to protect Peter. Peter went out on the water, but as soon as he took his eyes off Christ, he fell. Doesn’t that sound familiar? When we take our eyes off Christ, we fall. We stumble in life when our concerns aren’t of God. We fail when we think we know better than God and when we try to do things on our own. We have to trust Jesus to take care of us, and to keep Him as the Apple of our Eye and focus our attention on whatever He says. Do not let the distractions turn our heads from our Savior. Our Lifeguard walks on water. What I also think is amazing about all this is that even after Peter doubted, Jesus saves him when Peter pleads. This shows the grace and mercy of our Lord no matter how many times we hurt Him. There is always repentance and forgiveness. Just like He was asking Peter that day, God is asking us to do something scary, take a risk, and take a chance for Him.