Wonders on Water

Here is a scene to flash in your imagination: Jesus walking on top of a stormy lake.  Jesus adds this miracle to the list of how God in the past has done wonders through water.  Noah and the flood; God’s people walking on dry land through the Red Sea; the saving  waters of baptism.

You’ll read about what happened to Peter when he saw Jesus on the water.  He steps out and starts walking on water himself!  Then see what happens…  

What comes to mind for you as you listen in your heart to this reading?

Matthew 14:22-33

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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Lectionary,
During most of Lent and Easter we read the Gospel of John.

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Final Words at Death

Daughter holding her mother hand in hospital

If someone very close to you has passed away, surely you recall the final moments with them.  You’ll most likely remember the last words that you shared with each other.

So it is with the book of Deuteronomy.  These are the last words of Moses to God’s people before he goes up to the mountain and dies.  Because he had complained about God’s people, God told Moses that he would see the Promised Land, but would not enter it.  Wow!  Does that make us think that complaining and criticizing are just plain wrong! Moses wants to be sure that future generations are very careful about how they think and how they act.

Take to heart, therefore, these words of Moses; he does not speak lightly.    Some things can either lead us to God, or drag us away, by the connection they have either to God or what is opposed to God.  

Moses speaks his last words to you and me.  How do you know that these are not among the last words you shall ever hear?

Deuteronomy 7:129:3

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The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.

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A Glimpse at Glory

To prepare his dear friends, Peter, James and John, for the suffering of Jesus that was to come later, today’s story gives these three disciples a look at the glory to come. The Transfiguration gives a glimpse of the Resurrection.  Take your place beside the apostles as they look at the other three—Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. 

Given the divisions that exist among religions, we are a long way from one tabernacle of peace, tolerance, and worship of the one God in whom we claim to believe. Pray for the  union of all religions under God.

Matthew 17:1-13

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In Year A, we continue to read from the Gospel of St. Matthew.

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