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Looking More Closely at the Word
19th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
August 9, 2020
Working with the Word

Study of the Readings
ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
et al

• Words,     Phrases
To the point
• First Two     Readings
• Experience

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The Word Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ

God in the Quiet and in the Chaos

Fears rise as invitations to greater trust, if we only face them and move through them.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Fishing, Storms, and Faith

In today’s story, Jesus is absent when a strong headwind raises high waves that batter the boat and frighten its passengers. When the disciples see Jesus, they think he is a “ghost.”

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Thoughts from the Early Church


If you love God you will have power to walk upon the waters, and all the world’s swell and turmoil will remain beneath your feet. 

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Walking on Water

Matthew consistently presents the disciples as understanding quite well; their problem is that they have little faith. In the walking-on-the-water episode, the portrait of Peter illustrates exactly that point.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Jesus appears and challenges Peter, the disciple par excellence, to trust him. Peter is afraid and cries out, “Lord, save me.”

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