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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Collect is always worth reading and sometimes we hardly hear it so I will begin with it:

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...

The first reading in from the first Book of Kings 19:  9a, 11-13a

This is the story of Elijah who took shelter in a cave and the Lord called him to come outside as the Lord would be passing by. Elijah did but the Lord was not in the strong wind, nor the earthquake, nor the fire. "After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When Elijah heard this, he hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave."  

The Gospel is one of my favorites, Matthew 14: 22-33.
Jesus made his disciples get into a boat while he dismissed the crowds. Jesus then went up the mountain by himself to pray. Meanwhile, the boat was caught in a storm and was tossed about by the waves and the wind. During the fourth watch of the night, Jesus comes to toward them walking on the sea. They are terrified. "At once Jesus spoke to them, 'Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."

Those words mean a great deal to me and I feel that I have heard them spoken to me. Then, the Gospel tells us how Peter is brave enough to get out of the boat and walk toward Jesus, but then he begins to sink and Jesus catches him and says, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

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