FIGHTING TO HEAR


Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 115

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.

Responsorial Psalm PS 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14
R. (8) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

I will hear what God proclaims;

the LORD — for he proclaims peace.

Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,

glory dwelling in our land.

R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

Kindness and truth shall meet;

justice and peace shall kiss.

Truth shall spring out of the earth,

and justice shall look down from heaven.

R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

The LORD himself will give his benefits;

our land shall yield its increase.

Justice shall walk before him,

and prepare the way of his steps.

R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

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.

Alleluia CF. PS 130:5
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I wait for the Lord;

my soul waits for his word.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

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.”
REFLECTION: FIGHTING TO HEAR

“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.” –1 Kings 19:12-13
Possibly the greatest thing Elijah ever did was to hear God whisper. God whispered for Elijah to anoint Elisha. This led to two other anointings through which the perverted and oppressive kingdom of Ahab and Jezebel was destroyed (see 1 Kgs 19:15-17).
Because hearing God’s whisper is so important, Satan tried to prevent Elijah from hearing God. Elijah had to fight through despair (1 Kgs 19:4). Then he walked forty days and forty nights (1 Kgs 19:8). He climbed Mt. Horeb to endure a violent, rock-crushing wind, an earthquake, and fire (1 Kgs 19:11-12). Then he heard God whisper. The devil sometimes makes it very hard for us to hear God. However, God will always get through to us if we want to hear Him and persevere in trying to hear Him.
Daniel also wanted to hear God. He mourned, fasted, and did not wash for three weeks (Dn 10:2-3). Finally, an angel, probably the Archangel Gabriel, delivered God’s message to Daniel. The angel had been held up for twenty-one days by a demon, called “the prince of the kingdom of Persia,” until St. Michael, the greatest angel, helped the other angel (Dn 10:13). We must fight to hear God. Nonetheless, we will always hear Him if we are willing and persevering (see Jn 8:47). Hear God!
PRAYER: Prayer: Father, deepen my faith as I hear Your Word (Rm 10:17).

PROMISE: Promise: “So Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water, moving toward Jesus. But when he perceived how strong the wind was, becoming frightened, he began to sink and cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ ” –Mt 14:29-30

PRAISE: Praise: Praise Jesus, risen Lord and God, “Who inspires and perfects our faith”! (Heb 12:2)

*P.S: Hearing the homily from a priest would be fantastic, he awaits us in the church. Happy Sunday.

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