By BISHOP DAVID MCGOUGH on The Catholic Herald.
Nineteenth Sunday of the Year, 1 Kings 19.9 & 11-13; Romans 9: 1-5; Matthew 14: 22-33 (Year A)
The Psalmist’s prayer expresses a universal longing for the reassurance of God’s presence. Whilst we share his longing, it is more challenging to share his assurance that, as the watchman is assured of the dawn, so are we assured of God’s presence. As we remember the appalling desolation of the First World War, we are reminded of the fragility of human hope. Then, as now, there will be times when we struggle to cling to God’s presence in life’s unfolding circumstances.