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Fr. Mark’s Desk - August 13, 2017
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.”

Dear Parishioners,

Storms enter our lives all the time. Not just weather of course, but sickness, unemployment, financial loss, death of a loved one, just to name a few. The storms can take their toll on our lives. In our Gospel, Jesus is in prayer, he is spared from the storm. The disciples are not in prayer, though they had just witnessed the multiplication of loaves and were fed. There is a Bible disposition on how to handle storms. The disposition is trust that, in prayer, God will take care of the storms. Psalm 107 can be of some assistance:

“Some went off to sea in ships, plied their trade on the deep waters. They saw the works of the Lord, the wonders of God in the deep. He spoke and roused a storm wind; it tossed the waves on high... In their distress they cried to the Lord, who brought them out of their peril, Hushed the storm to a murmur, the waves of the sea were stilled. They rejoiced that the sea grew calm, that God brought them to the harbor they longed for. Let them thank the Lord such kindness, such wondrous deeds for mere mortals”.

Storms enter our lives all the time. We can see those moments as an absence of God, or as an opportunity to trust in God alone. Peter in the Gospel, attempts to walk on the water, but begins to sink. Peter wants to walk on the water on his own power. Impossible!! Only in trusting Jesus, can Peter perform such a feat. Some of the most important things we would like to accomplish in life cannot be accomplished on our own. They require God’s presence and action.

Storms enter our lives all the time. In the thick of the storm, where is our faith? “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Jesus relies on the Father, so must we!! “Give us this day our daily bread” is our daily reminder that we depend on God’s grace each day, to rise above and get through the storms of our days and lives.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled, have faith in God, have faith in me”.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother
and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses on Tuesday are: 6 am, 7 am, 8:30 am and 7 pm.

Have a great week!
Fr. Mark Walter

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