by Sr. Anita Rolenc, ND
1 Kings 19:9, 11-13 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33
I love these readings, for they are full of nature’s surprises and God’s display of power and creativity!
In the reading from 1 Kings, Elijah is confronted with a strong wind, an earthquake, and a fire. But God is in none of these. Then Elijah recognized God in the whispering sound.
Sometimes God has to use force—wind, quake, fire—to get our attention. Who can ignore the “boisterous” demand? But it is in the quiet moments of prayer or reflection, in the simple things—a flower, a singing bird, a child, an email or phone call—that God often tries to communicate with us. So, what are the “tiny whispering sounds” in your life? A refreshing rain on the lawn and garden and corn/bean crops? The bounty of the tomato/cucumber plant? A friend who needs a listening ear? A relative facing difficulties? A neighbor who is house-bound, lonely, elderly?
The Gospel of Matthew then follows with the disciples terrified on the stormy sea and at the sight of a “ghost” walking on the water. Boldly Peter questions, if it is Jesus, by attempting to walk on the water to reach Jesus. When he flops, Jesus lifts him up before calming the wind.
We are the modern Peters. We become frightened when challenged to reach out to the poor, the homeless, so many others. We make mistakes in our dealings with others. We often fail to live a fully Christian life. At times our faith is weak, like Peter’s. The good news? Jesus is there for us! Jesus reaches out and takes us by the hand and encourages us to try again in our call to follow Him.