Sunday Reflections | 13 August 2023
By: Fr. Ricky Cañet Montañez, AA
HOMILY: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Stronger than Any Storm
The battle over evil has been won when Jesus died on the cross and saved humanity. We are no longer destined for damnation. We have a future with God our Father and Creator in heaven. Of course, as we journey through life towards the Father, Satan will keep coming at us to weaken our resolve — to make us lose faith, to deceive us into believing God does not care and His promises are empty. This is actually why it is important for us to pray and receive the sacraments. These are the tools Jesus has left for us to strengthen us and keep us connected to Him always. Let us remember that evil and death no longer have power over us as long as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
So, whatever storm we are going through, let us invite Jesus into our boat and entrust ourselves to Him. He will get us to safety. Let us remind ourselves and each other constantly to keep our gaze upon Jesus. At His command, the wind and waves will subside and there shall be calm in the midst of the turbulence. Brothers and sisters, let us be at peace. Let us trust that God loves us and He will not let us drown in the difficulties of life.
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