Fr. Kirby Longo’s Homilies

[HOMILY] Theomachy: Battle of the Gods. 19th Sunday OT_A_2020

September 1, 2020

Jesus appears when the storm is peaking, casually walking upon the waves, and when they cry out in terror, he calls to them, “<em>Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”</em> When he steps into the boat, the storm dies. There is no battle, and Erasmo points out that this story is “restructured to deploy only one truth, the unquestionable and eternal supremacy of the incarnate Word.”

The only battle left is the battle within our hearts. Do we believe Christ has already won? Are we convinced the powers of evil have been overcome and subdued? Or are we cowering before the storm wondering if Jesus will ever show up? Look at the shift in the gospel when Peter realizes the implications of Jesus words. He yells out “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”

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