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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 07 Aug 2017
Mast of a boat against the sky
Almighty ever-living God,

whom, taught by the Holy Spirit,

we dare to call our Father,

bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts

the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters,

that we may merit to enter into the inheritance

which you have promised.
I will hear what the Lord God has to say,
a voice that speaks of peace. Psalm
Jesus went up into the hills by himself to pray. Gospel
“Truly, you are the Son of God.” Gospel
This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:
1 Kings 19: 9; 11–13; Psalm 84 (85); Romans 9: 1–5; Matthew 14: 22–33

 

Like Jesus in this week’s Gospel story, we try and find the time to pray with our heavenly Father. Our readings this week reveal God’s presence in our lives, especially in times of trial.

The dispirited prophet Elijah in the First Reading recognises God in ‘the sound of a gentle breeze’, rather than in impressive manifestations.

May we hear God’s voice that speaks of mercy and faithfulness, justice and peace (Psalm).

St Paul in his Letter to the Romans (Second Reading) reveals his love and respect for his Jewish heritage and its people. He would even forgo his greater love for Christ to help them.

Jesus distances himself to find the space and peace to pray. The storm in the Gospel reflects the storm in Elijah’s life. Can the disciples recognise the Lord? The question to Peter, “Why did you doubt?” is also addressed to us.

The God of power comes in dramatic crises but also in the quietness of our daily lives. Perhaps this week I can listen and become more aware of this.