19th Sunday in ordinary Time Year A.
Readings: 1 Kings 19:9,11-13; Psalm 85; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33
A tender and peaceful God
“Now Lord, I cannot any more. I am not better than my ancestors” (1Kings 19:4). Elijah after killing the priest 400 priests of Baal is running away from Jezebel, the heartless and pagan Queen. Jezebel wants to destroy him. Elijah used violent for religious reasons. No reason justifies violence towards other human beings. God exercise his power with tenderness and love. When God comes to visit Elijah at mount Horeb, he is neither in the violent storm, nor in the fire, nor in earthquake but the silence of a very calm wind (1 Kings 19:11-13). Elijah just like us today expect to see a very angry God who will exterminate those who do not love him or those persecute us because of our righteousness. God reveals himself as tender and loving God. We must be like him. We must be ready to replicate with tenderness and love while facing the violence, the calumnies, the insults and persecutions, when they try make people have a wrong image at you. Keep calm. They did the same to Jesus.
In Psalm 84, which expresses the joy of the liberation of the children of Israel from exile. They have started a new life. First, they need to listen to listen, it means to need to return to God completely, heart, body, spirit and soul as God is the source of our well-being. God’s project of peace for all the world continues in this Psalm. Indeed, with the resurrection of Jesus Christ love and faithfulness have met while Justice and peace have embraced. With Jesus time have come to put down all our useless quarrels, useless greed, useless worldly ambitions, useless wars, ours plots against one another, useless blackmails… This because Joshua is our salvation; He is the truth; he is the world made flesh who dwelt among us and we have seen his glory (John1:14). Jesus is our peace, the Prince of Peace according to Isaiah 9:6. Jesus gives us his peace and he leaves us with his peace (John14:27). Peace is our lasting happiness. Peace a gift from God. However, many among us do not allow peace to flow in our community because of selfishness, greed, injustice, tribalism, jealousy, false witnessing, sabotage, pride and envy. In spite of all this, let open our hearts and repent for God is love. Jesus is with us to reassure us. All these are part of storms that hit the boat of our lives. All this are part of our human weaknesses, our lack of faith as with Peter in today’s Gospel. (Mt14:22-33) Jesus, the Son of God is here to help and to lead us towards the lasting peace. May our faith sustain us along our journey! Lord Jesus help us! Lord Jesus, save us ! Lord help us not to move our eyes away from you as Peter did. Jesus you are the one who brings peace into the world. Have mercy on us!