19th Week Sunday Year A

Homilies:

Homily: Theology 1 Summer 2017

The Silent Presence of God by Bishop Barron

  • Overall = who are you? who or what is your God? who or what is your fear?
  • “Elijah” = Yahweh is God. The man’s very identity is related to an absolute clarity about what is of value. Spiritual order main question = who or what is your God? your final preoccupation? what matters the most to you at the end of the day? when you can answer this, you know who you are. Are you a money-man? a pleasure man? a playboy? What do you worship? What is of highest value for you? –> Elijah is all about God. Based on this, we can now understand everything Elijah says and does. Elijah’s great virtue = able to discern the difference – not wowed by the world – but rather listens and waits – then is able to give himself to the true God alone. VS. Secularism = cultural incapacity to hear the tiny whispering voice.  We need a whole army of Elijah’s now – our culture has gone over to the worship of false gods. People able to listen to the tiny whispering voice.
  • Gospel – Peter and the other disciples in the boat (in the Church) – that’s all of us throughout the centuries making our way throughout the world – met by great winds – an echo of Elijah story… Just as we can be defined by what we seek and love… we can also be defined by our fears. What are you afraid of? What is your biggest fear? Often, we can become defined and determined by our worldly fears… in the midst of the storm, Jesus comes walking on the water. “I am” = the divine power. He is the God who can ride any storm. Can transcend anything that frightens us. Peter keeps his eyes on Christ = good. But identifies himself with fear (waves) = sinks.

Opening the Word Series on FORMED

  • Storms of Life by Patrick Coffin – Ask the Holy Spirit to put you into this picture. Apostles just witnessed Jesus’ power. Jesus is alone and is praying. 3am-6am 4th watch. Enemies from nature. Darkest part of night. Nature in full fury. Jesus is coming on the water. Peter uses “if” – not 100% sure.
  • Who is Jesus? the most important question of our lives.
  • Do we trust Jesus when the storms of our life rage?

 

Commentaries:

St. Charles’ Borromeo Bible Study

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.

That the Lord is not in the mighty wind, the earthquake, or the fire, but rather in the gentle whisper is a lesson for the prophet. God, in His own way without great fanfare will work His will for Israel. Notice that Elijah does not come out until the calamities have passed. Hiding his face in his cloak may be a method of self-preservation: who can look upon God’s face and live (Exodus 33:20).

 

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.

¹ Brothers and sisters: I am speaking the truth in Christ. I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit. ² I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 

“Since it appears that earlier he was speaking against the Jews, who thought that they were justified by the law, Paul now shows his desire and love for them and says that his conscience bears witness in Christ Jesus and in the Holy Spirit.” [The Ambrosiaster (ca. A.D. 366-384), Commentaries on Thirteen Pauline Epistles Romans 9,2]

³ For I could wish that I myself were accursed and separated from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kin according to the flesh.

“Why be surprised that the apostle desires to be cursed for his brethren’s sake, when he who is in the form of God emptied Himself and took on the form of a servant and was made a curse for us (see Philippians 2:6-8)? Why be surprised if, when Christ became a curse for His servants, one of His servants should become a curse for his brethren?” [Origen (post A.D. 244), Commentaries on Romans]

St. Paul then lists 7 historic prerogatives associated with the honorific religious title of “Israelites” and caps it off with “the Messiah” – the 8th, the climax – the greatest title – but unfortunately they do not recognize it.

 

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.

Some key thoughts:

  1. Jesus praying alone in silence
  2. Jesus always there when the storms get rough.
  3. When Jesus gets in our boats, the wind sinks.
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