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FAITH BOOK

19th SUNDAY (A) August 9, 2020

I Kings 19: 9, 11-1; Psalm 85; Romans 9: 1-5; Matthew 14: 22-33

By Jude Siciliano, OP

 

Mini reflections on the Sunday scripture readings designed for persons on the run. "Faith Book" is also brief enough to be posted in the Sunday parish bulletins people take home.

 

From today’s Gospel reading:

 

When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea

They were terrified.

"It is a ghost," they said and they cried out in fear.

 

Reflection:

 

It doesn’t take much imagination these days to identify with those terrified disciples as we face the deadly storm of the pandemic,

With its indiscriminate power to kill, sweeping across our world.

 

So, we ask ourselves:

 

  • Do we feel like those disciples, victims in the pandemic storm’s clutches?

  • Do we look into the midst of the storm and wonder if Jesus is just a ghost, a product of our fear-driven imagination?

  • Can we hear him say to us what he said to his frightened disciples, "Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid."


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