Thursday of the 19th Week
Joshua 3:7-10, 11, 13-17
Matthew 18: 21-19:1
In the movie Apollo 13, Tom Hanks played the role of James Lovell who said the words, “Houston we have a problem.” He said these words after an oxygen tank exploded, crippling the spacecraft. All of American feared for the lives of those astronauts after this disaster. The answer that was given back was, “I prefer to believe that we are in our finest hour.” This is true today for us also, “This is our finest hour.”
In our first reading, as Joshua takes over as the leader of the people after the death of Moses he is faced with his first major challenge as the people have to cross the Jordon River. He may have said, “Lord, we have a problem!” The Lord God, responds, “I prefer to believe that we are in our finest hour” as the feet of the priest who are carrying the Ark of the Covenant touch the water, the river dries up, and the people can cross on dry ground. It was one of the finest hours for Joshua as he leads the people into the Promised Land.
In our Gospel Peter is going to Jesus saying, “Jesus we have a problem, how often must I forgive someone?” Of course, Jesus responds with “I prefer to believe Peter that you are in your finest hour.” Jesus tells Peter that he is to forgive seventy – seven times.
We can sit here today and say, “Lord, I have a problem.” Life is at times difficult, but with the grace of this sacrament, we are in our finest hour. This is our time to shine, this is our time to grab hold of our faith and do great things. We have better be ready to hear God say back to us, “I prefer to believe that we are in our finest hour.”