Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 13, 2017

God is presentThis is the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time. How, when, and where do you encounter God? Elijah does not encounter God in the ways divine power is expected to be manifested, but in a “tiny whispering sound.” Peter encounters Jesus in a raging storm...but becomes frightened - and is saved when he comes as Jesus calls him. Somehow in the midst of all the storms and in the quietest whisper, God can be experienced, we can even grow in our faith, and we can take action as a follower of Christ.

Whether in dramatic or unassuming ways, God continually comes to us. God comes unceasingly in recognizable circumstances (like liturgy and personal prayer) and in unexpected ways (in those in need, in surprises, in the visits of loved ones). The real challenge is to perceive the many ways God comes to us and calls us every day - not usually as One walking on water, but as One dwelling in the other, particularly the other in need. Do we see and encounter Christ also in those calling for help?

Our life is not given to us like an opera libretto, in which all is written down; but it means going, walking, doing, searching, seeing. … We must enter into the adventure of the quest for meeting God; we must let God search and encounter us.” ― Pope Francis, A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation with Pope Francis

The Sunday Readings:

  • 1 Kings 19: 9a & 11-13a. Elijah found God in the small whisper of the wind. Our faith isn’t based on religious excitement or spectacular fireworks.
  • Romans 9: 1-5. Paul is in great sorrow for his Jewish brothers and sisters who have received all the revelations from God, including Jesus, the Messiah, yet reject this final revelation.
  • Mt 14: 22-33. Peter encounters Jesus in a raging storm - but becomes frightened and is saved by Jesus. Real faith happens in the midst of all the world brings us.

Of Note:

  • The next opportunities for Individual Reconciliation are August 12 & 26. 2017 (2nd and 4th Saturdays), 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • Thanks for your response! We now have the people we need to serve as “Weekend Closers”, securing our buildings after Saturday and Sunday Masses!
  • Coffee and lemonade are available after the 9:00 AM Mass at the coffee bar in the Connector. Get a cup to relax, chat and enjoy the gift of community.
  • Hearing Assistance during all liturgies, and Spanish Audio transmission at 11:30 AM Mass:
    • Pick up a personal sound receiver and ear piece (or loop, if your hearing aid is compatible) from the stands next to the chapel before Mass, and adjust the volume as needed.
    • Please note that the receivers are divided for hearing assistance and Spanish translation (during 11:30 AM Mass), as the signs illustrate.
    • Those with a yellow dot are for hearing assistance, those with a green dot are for Spanish Audio (11:30 AM Mass only).
  • Have a natural gift for hospitality? Consider serving as a Worship Greeter! We are in particular need of help for 11:30 masses. Contact Linda or Fr. Randy if you can help.