1 Kings 19:9,11-13; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33
Imagine that you are out at sea and a storm is blowing in, would you rather be on a large cargo ship or a small yacht? In contrast, picture yourself navigating through a series of obstacles. Which would you now prefer? It is the very stability of the cargo ship which makes it safer in a storm, but this stability makes it less easy to manoeuvre. With the yacht we have the opposite. Its manoeuvrability makes it less stable.
Deuteronomy 6:4-13; M atthew17:14-20
Today’s Gospel shows the human nature of Jesus – an aspect that is often challenging for us humans. In the Gospel, Jesus demonstrates the most human of traits, a lack of patience. The disciples attempted to cure the boy but failed. In modern parlance we’d say that the boy’s father went "over their heads" and took the boy to Jesus directly. Jesus then expresses impatience with the earthly world even going so far as to wonder how long he has to "endure" it. Then when the disciples ask him what went wrong he says with uncommon bluntness that they lacked the faith to cure the child.
What am I to make of these images of power, violence, noise, brutality and death? Am I to be awed by the irresistible power of God? I am, but these readings don't make me feel good about it. Even parts of the Gospel seem harsh. I must go through a passage of pain and suffering to be with Jesus.