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Nineteenth Sunday
of Ordinary Time A
August 13, 2017
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ


Jesus at last sends the crowd away. And notice a strange thing, usually ignored. After feeding the five thousand, he “made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side.”

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

Walking on Water and Sinking Like A Stone

Faith has its ups and downs: We see this, almost pictorially illustrated, in the incident of Peter walking on the water.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

Walking on Water

No matter how sorrowful a person’s failures, he can nonetheless come to the Lord. Doing so may feel like walking without any solid ground under foot. But faith is a kind of walking on water, too, isn’t it?

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

Finding God

Elijah thought he would experience God in a strong and heavy wind, or in an earthquake, or in a fire. Instead he found God in “a tiny whispering sound.”

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

Braving the Storms

Peter was walking toward Jesus and doing fine. What caused him to suddenly sink? What causes you to move away from your “leap of faith”?

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A Poem to Sit With

J. Janda

The Cradle of Grace

who has looked
upon helplessness

has looked upon God

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