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19th Sunday of the Year: Facing Fear. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year

Fear is a part of life, yet our response determines the impact it will have upon us.  Peter’s experience of fear reminds us that we have an opportunity today to call upon the Lord for the courage we need to face our fears with the power of faith.

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Daily Mass: Take courage! Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 18th Week of the Year (St. Dominic)

Caught in the storm Jesus exhorts his disciples to take courage and discard fear.  What a great reminder for us today!  When fear threatens to choke our lives may we turn to the one who offers us strength and wisdom to carry on.

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Christ Walking on the Water, Julius Von Klever, 1880.


19th Sunday of the Year: Jesus walks on the water

Study:  Recall a moment in life when you were doubtful or afraid.  How did you face it?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the strength and wisdom to face doubts and fears.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life who is struggling with doubts or fears?  How might you help them?

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year

This Gospel story (Matthew 14:22-33) follows immediately after the feeding of the 5000.  Here’s a quick recap:

* Jesus hears of the death of John the Baptist
* Jesus seeks solitude in a deserted place
* The crowds find Jesus; he ministers to them
* Jesus feeds the hungry with fishes & bread

After the people have eaten, the Lord makes the disciples get into a boat while he dismisses the crowd.  The following events occur:
1.  The disciples are in the boat on the water
2.  Jesus goes up the mountain to pray alone
3.  The wind and the waves are getting strong
4.  Late at night Jesus comes on the water
5.  Seeing Jesus, the disciples are terrified
6.  Jesus, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
7.  Peter to Jesus “Command me to come to you.”
8.  Peter goes to Jesus, is frightened and sinks
9.  Jesus rescues Peter “Why did you doubt?”
10. The disciples:  “Truly you are the Son of God!”

Note that Matthew’s Gospel differs from Mark’s account (6:45-52) in three ways:
1.  The dialogue between Jesus and Peter
2.  Peter walking (sort of) on the water
3.  Confession of faith – Jesus the Son of God

The story speaks of Peter’s desire to follow Jesus, even as it clearly shows his human weakness.  Peter tries, fails, and calls upon Jesus to save him in his need.  As a result, the disciples recognize the Son of God in their midst.

The early Church took this passage to heart.  Like the boat tossed on the waters, early Christians knew all too well the dangers of faith – risking their lives to follow Jesus.  Like Peter, they had their moments of weakness; like Peter, they called upon the Lord in their need.

We can see ourselves in this situation as well.  There are times when we desperately want a strong and steadfast faith; we seek the Lord and desire to follow His path for our lives.  Yet we are also aware of our limitations, failures, and fears.  May we, like Peter, call upon Jesus in our need; may we trust in the Lord’s strength and love to save us.

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St. Peter & St. Paul Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul

These two great saints made an enormous impact in the Church, even as they encountered hard work and confronted their own weaknesses and sins.  May we look to their example and trust in the Lord for the grace we need to face the challenges of life.

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Daily Mass: the Chair of St. Peter. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle

The presider’s chair in any Catholic Church is a place of authority, overseen by a bishop who is a successor to the apostles…of which St. Peter is the rock upon which Jesus builds His Church.  May we draw strength from the Lord, our Great Shepherd, and offer our lives to care for those entrusted to us.

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Daily Mass: St. Peter and St. Paul. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – The Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul

These two great figures in the Church had their share of spectacular successes and failures.  They sinned, yet with God’s grace they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus – and they are wonderful examples for us today.  May we embrace our faith, return to Christ when we have sinned, and seek the Lord above all else!

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