Reflection by Ms. C. A. Riley, OP
August 13, 2023
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the first reading Elijah is confronted with many earthly fears, strong winds, crushing rocks, an earthquake, and fire, but it is not until he hears Gods voice in a whisper that he puts aside his fear, and goes out to the entrance of the cave. Again, we see that God loves us so much that he intercedes in such a gentle and acquiescent way.
How often do we find ourselves in fear of the unknown? We read in the Gospel that the apostles were in the midst of a terrible storm, and to compound their fear, they see a ghost like figure moving toward them on the water. After they cry out, Jesus responds, “it is I, do not be afraid.” This is one of 365 times we encounter the phrase “do not be afraid” in the bible. Why? Well, I think God is telling us that he has our back, and he will let not harm come to us as long as we have faith and trust in him. In a world where we have many things to be afraid of, we should always look to God for strength and comfort.
We should begin each day with this prayer or one like it.
“Heavenly Father, help me through this day. Teach me to not worry. Remind me to not be anxious. As it says in Philippians: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, and with thanksgiving let your prayers be made known to God. Amen”