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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, August 13

Readings: 1 Kings 19:9A, 11-13A, Psalms 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14, Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14:22-33

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/081317.cfm

Reflection: Prayerfully consider how Jesus may be wanting you to “get out of the boat” and give up control by entrusting something in your life to him. Ask Jesus to help you surrender to him.

This week on FORMED.org, Patrick Coffin discusses how Jesus helps us weather the “storms of life.” Oftentimes, there are many things are many things that happen in our lives which make it difficult to see how Jesus is with us. Family deaths, accidents, and other unfortunate occurrences can discourage us and test our faith. But the truth is that God is always present in our lives, especially in times of duress and trouble.

When Peter, after walking on water to meet Jesus, faltered in his faith and began to sink, Jesus only waited until Peter asked for help to then rescue him. God is waiting to pick us up in our times of greatest need and sorrow; all God needs is for us to ask for His help and grace. Never forget that God is here for us the most when we are in our greatest need.