1st Reading – 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a
The nineteenth chapter of 1st Kings is the Elijah story which has close parallels with the story of Moses on the same mountain (Sinai/Horeb). Both journey to the mountain to meet God; Moses while fleeing from the Egyptians, and Elijah while fleeing from Jezebel. Both even receive miraculous rations in route (manna and bread). In today’s reading we hear of Elijah’s encounter with God.
2nd Reading – Romans 9:1-5
Having heard Saint Paul describe the future glory that awaits those who live the Christian life empowered by the Spirit and that we are more than conquerors; with the gift of faith, nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, Saint Paul now laments for the Jews who have failed to recognize the messiah; those with whom Paul had worshiped before his conversion.
Gospel – Matthew 14:22-23
Last week we heard the feeding of the five thousand. This week’s reading begins where we left off last week as we hear of Jesus’ walking on water. Even though the apostles saw Jesus walking on the water, Peter wanted further proof “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” To which Jesus gives a simple reply: “Come”. How strong is our faith? Do we ask Jesus to prove His presence by His actions: “Jesus, cure me of my illness… let me win the lottery … protect my children in school… stop the violence in our communities…” What happens if our favors aren’t granted? Do we waiver in our faith as Peter did? Or do we keep on going and ask again, and again, and again? Our faith in Jesus is a gift to be cherished and practiced. If we practice our faith every day, we don’t risk drowning in doubt as Peter almost did.