From the desk of Father Miguel Romero

Dear brothers and sisters,

 

This Sunday, we see that the presence of God is different from how we could imagine it. Sometimes one thinks that God, as he is good, will not let us go through moments of insecurity. And yet God, being strong and being good, is present in our lives in ways that we don't understand. For example, in the first reading we have Elijah, the prophet rejected by his people, the lonely man, not by choice but because his faith has led him to be seen as a foreigner and as a threat to the Israelites themselves, who by on the contrary they have chosen to serve idols. In his solitude Elijah clings to God and makes a pilgrimage to Mount Horeb, the holy mount, the place where God first called Moses and where the covenant was also celebrated.

 

Hidden in the cracks of the sacred mountain, Elijah is actually sheltered and garrisoned by the power of God's embrace. And there God himself wants to manifest himself to him, as a sign of an alliance that does not die and as proof of the unwavering fidelity of the Most High. It is not the fire or the earthquake that brings God, in this case; it's a gentle breeze. In the battle against his enemies God shows his greatness but with his friends what he reveals his closeness. That breeze that refreshes, that serene, that caresses, is a sign of love and the word of the Friend. In the gospel, on the other hand, there is a case of a rushing breeze.

 

Peter walks on the waters but the force of the opposite wind makes him hesitate. The thread of faith that unites him to Jesus breaks for a moment, Peter fails in his confidence and the man begins to sink into the water. Let's highlight two things, learning from the experience of another. First, that Peter sinks when he looks more at difficulties than at Jesus. Once you have taken your eyes off the Lord, you are as vulnerable and helpless as any post in the middle of the sea. But second, let us learn from Peter to go to the same Lord whom we have failed. His faith has stumbled but humility allows him to exclaim: "Lord save me." Humility, the principle of repentance, somehow heals what he lacked in faith.

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