WELCOME TO ST CECILIA ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
How do we face the difficulties that life brings upon us? Where do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will? How can we, in the midst of this pandemic, find anything positive or good to take from it? There is no joy in the deaths of those who succumb to the virus. There is no joy in the fright of those who are diagnosed with the virus and do not get sick. There is no joy in wearing these masks that seem to become more of a distraction than a good thing to wear in protecting ourselves and others! In today’s First Reading, God commands Elijah to stand on the mountain and to await His passing by. In the Gospel, Jesus makes the disciples set across the waters to meet Him – and in particular Peter is challenged to step out on the waters. In each case, the Lord makes Himself present amid frightening tumult. Each is terrified, overcome with fear in reaction to what they face. Elijah hides his face, the disciples are too terrified to look on the face of the Lord. Even Peter is too overcome with fear to imitate his Lord. And so, it is often with us. Our fears make us doubt, make it hard to see His glory in the midst of situations. Yet, we should know, as we hear in today’s Psalm, that His salvation is near to those who hope in Him. By faith we should know – as St Paul reminds us in the Epistle – that we are heirs to the promises made to His children. We must trust that He whispers to us in the trials of our lives – that He who has called us to walk along the way of His steps, will save us whenever we begin to sink! As we heard last week – nothing will separate us from the love of God!!
CATHOLIC QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The bread I shall give is my flesh for the life of the world, says the Lord.” (John 6:52)