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Reading I: 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a
Responsorial Psalm 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14
Reading II: Romans 9:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 14:22-23

Lord, help us keep our eyes on you.
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Matthew 14:22-23

Meanwhile the boat … was being tossed about by the waves,
for the wind was against it. … He said, “Come.”
     Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water
          toward Jesus

Lord,

we see you
walking on our sea,
raging with an out of control
pandemic, racial injustice and an
environmental crisis.

You
call us
 to come to you.

Help us
keep our eyes on you; never take them off.
We know you will be right with us,
calming our rampant squalls.

And reach out your hand,
like you did to Peter,
if, when we are
 terrified, we
falter and
start to
sink.


THE FIRST READING

1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a

After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.

Lord
you are almighty,
too much for our eyes to see.

We find your shadow in the sunrise,
or in the workings of justice,
or your whispering in a
child’s laugh,
or a Bach
fugue.

You are present in family, near and far;
in good friends; in a Van Gogh; in
the beauty of wheat fields
or in wild geese
winging
away.

Oh, thank you for
your gifts,
Lord.


THE SECOND READING

Romans 9:1-5

I have great sorrow and constant anguish in my heart.

Father,

let
none of us
ever be cut off from

Christ!

We
thank you,
and praise you for
the adoption, the glory,
the law, the worship,
the promises, the
covenants
you have
given
to
the
world
through

your
people,
the Israelites.

We
thank you
and praise you
for the gift of your
Spirit to all your people.

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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