Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
When the disciples see Jesus walking on the water, he summons them to faith—a way of approaching reality that entails leaving behind our old way of measuring things and seeing all according to this Person who calls to us. Yet we should not be surprised that Christ often comes in ways that “underwhelm” us, as Elijah found out in that tiny whispering sound. For Jesus comes to us in simple ways, seen only with eyes of faith: the pouring of water over an infant’s head; a whispered conversation within a confessional; bread and wine consecrated in the middle of the day as the world rushes on. But when such faith takes hold of us, we want everyone we know to share in it, as Saint Paul testifies.
ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 74 (73):20, 19, 22, 23
Look to your covenant, O Lord,/ and forget not the life of your poor ones for ever./ Arise, O God, and defend your cause,/ and forget not the cries of those who seek you.
Almighty ever-living God,
whom, taught by the Holy Spirit,
we dare to call our Father,
bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts
the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters,
that we may merit to enter into the inheritance
which you have promised.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord.
A reading from the first Book of Kings 19:9a, 11-13a
At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter. Then the Lord said to him, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the Lord—but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake—but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire—but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.
The word of the Lord.
R/ (8) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
I will hear what God proclaims;
the Lord—for he proclaims peace.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land. R/
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven. R/
The Lord himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and prepare the way of his steps. R/
I could wish that I were accursed for the sake of my own people.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 9:1-5
Brothers and sisters: I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie; my conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witness that I have great sorrow and constant anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. They are Israelites; theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; theirs the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
The word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia. I wait for the Lord;/ my soul waits for his word. Alleluia, alleluia.
Command me to come to you on the water.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 14:22-33
After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone. Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear. At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” After they got into the boat, the wind died down. Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
SUGGESTED PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
(Each local community should compose its own Universal Prayer, but may find inspiration in the texts proposed here.)
The Lord is our help and our shield. Filled with confidence, we turn to the Father with our petitions:
For the protection and strengthening of the Church wherever she is persecuted, and that the peace of Christ will bring an end to all violent conflict in the world.
For the strengthening of marriage and family life, and for all those preparing for marriage, that the Lord will fill them with virtue and a love that endures all things.
For all those who serve our country in the armed forces: that God will bless them and keep them out of harm’s way.
That those who suffer will experience the redemptive meaning of suffering through friendship with Jesus Christ.
For those who are unemployed: that God will keep them from discouragement and enable them to secure good jobs.
For the grace to live with greater faith: free from doubt, fear, and discouragement.
Loving Father, when those who are afflicted call out, you hear and save them from distress. Please be close to us in our need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Be pleased, O Lord, to accept the offerings
of your Church,
for in your mercy you have given them to be offered
and by your power you transform them
into the mystery of our salvation.
Through Christ our Lord.
PREFACE OF SUNDAYS IN ORDINARY TIME
COMMUNION ANTIPHON Ps 147:12, 14
O Jerusalem, glorify the Lord,/ who gives you your fill of finest wheat.
Or:Cf. Jn 6:51
The bread that I will give, says the Lord,/ is my flesh for the life of the world.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
May the communion in your Sacrament
that we have consumed, save us, O Lord,
and confirm us in the light of your truth.
Through Christ our Lord.