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Tuesday, August 4th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 14:22-36.


Tuesday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time

4 August 2015

When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 14:22-36.

Jesus made the disciples get into the 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 him, 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.”
After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.
When the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought to him all those who were sick
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.

DAILY MASS – Tuesday 4 August 2015

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Tuesday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time

4 August 2015

Commentary of the day

 Origen

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 Origen (c.185-253), priest and theologian
Commentary on Saint Matthew’s Gospel, Bk XI, ch. 6 ; PG 13, 919 ; SC 162

The night of faith

If we are sometimes assailed by inevitable trials, let us remember that it is Jesus who has commanded us to get into the boat and that he wishes to go before us “to the other side”. Because it is impossible for those who have not undergone the trial of waves and contrary winds to get to that shore. And so when we see ourselves surrounded by numerous and painful difficulties, tired out from sailing in the midst of them with the poverty of our means, let us think that our boat is now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves that want to see us “make shipwreck of our faith” (1Tm 1,19) or some other virtue. And if we see the breath of the Evil One set against what we are undertaking, let us say to ourselves that, at that moment, the wind is contrary.

So when, amidst these sufferings, we have held firm through the long hours of the dark night that reigns in times of trial, when we have struggled our best by taking care to avoid “shipwreck of our faith”… then let us be sure that towards the middle of the night, “when night is far spent and day is at hand” (cf. Rom 13,12), the Son of God will come close by us, walking on the waves, to calm for us the sea.

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Tuesday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time

4 August 2015

Saint of the day

St. John Mary Vianney,

Priest (1786-1859) – Memorial

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SAINT JOHN MARY VIANNEY
Priest
(1786-1859)

        St. John Mary Vianney was born in 1786, near Lyon in France. He was not quick at study and had great difficulty in being accepted for ordination.

        He was sent to the parish of Ars, which he transformed by his preaching, his personal mortification, his life of prayer and charity for all, and particularly by his fame as a confessor. People came to him for spiritual help from all over the world.

        He died in 1859.

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Father of mercy,
you made Saint John Vianney
outstanding
ing in his priestly zeal and concern for your people.
By his example and prayers,
enable us to win our brothers and sisters
to the love of Christ
and come with them to eternal glory.

The Weekday Missal (1975)

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