Aug 13, 2017 - 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
We like to see things. We like to go see parades. We stand on the side of the road waiting for the parade to pass by. There is excitement and anticipation as we wait. We like to go to sports events and concerts.
We also have this desire to go see the aftermath of a natural disaster. How many of you went riding around to see the damage from last year’s historic flood?
The Lord says to the Prophet Elijah, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord, the Lord will be passing by.”
We go outside to see the storm or the heavy wind or the hurricane. We see the fires out west and the summer storms on the evening news.
But this is not how we get to see the Lord. Elijah discovered that the Lord is not in those things. The Lord is not in the wind. The Lord is not in the earthquake. The Lord is not in the fire.
In the Gospel, Jesus is not in the storm. Jesus is above the storm. Jesus is beyond the storm. Jesus is more powerful than the storm.
So it should not surprise us when Jesus comes walking on the water. The Lord is in the calm. The Lord is in the quiet. The Lord is in the tiniest whispering sound.
You know what that means? It is easy to see the parade. It is easy to go to the concert. It is easy to go outside and experience the rainstorm. But it is harder to find the Lord.
The Lord is not in the storm or the earth or the fire or the parade. The Lord is in the tiniest whispering sound.
Often, like the disciples, we are overwhelmed by the storms of life. We are frightened by the storms of life. We are terrified by the rough winds. We are rocked by the waves. We feel like we will drown.
Jesus invites us out of the safety of the boat. Come out into the storm. Come out onto the water.
Can we step out in courage to follow the Lord? Like Peter, we must muster every bit of strength, every bit of courage and step out into the storm to get to Jesus. It can be frightening.
Jesus is there, inviting us. Come to me. Come be with me.
When we realize how strong the winds of those storms of life really are and that we are beginning to sink, we must cry out, “Lord save me.”
And immediately Jesus stretches out his hand to catch us.