Fear - 10 August 2014

Sunday 10 August 2014 | 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 1 KGS 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.
Responsorial Psalm PS 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14
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/ Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
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/ Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
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/ Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
Reading 2 ROM 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.
Gospel MT 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.”

Firstly, congrats to the 4 Friars who were Solemnly Professed on Friday, and I hope you all did go there. Even if you didn't it's fine, I understand.
I had actually felt a bit different during this Solemn Profession, as usually I would feel very happy for the men who were Professed, just like the last time at Friar Francisco's Solemn Profession. However, this time, I had actually felt a tinge of sadness. Yes indeed, sadness.
Why do I say so, because these men have given up everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, to follow Jesus and in the footsteps of Holy Father Francis. It gave me doubt, and like I said, a tinge of sadness. That meant that if I am to be a friar as I claimed I wanted to be, I would have to give up everything. Naturally, that would be very hard. Not gonna lie, but I am having great doubts into entering the Order...
Today;s Gospel yet now gives a new viewpoint, though not really related, it cleared a bit of doubts.
Here'a a bit of advice: Once you hear His Voice, never be afraid. Find Comfort in difficult Situations, Have Faith!
[For me, it will take a bit of time. Pray for me! I'll keep you in prayer too! This wonderful ministry with the most wonderful people, my place of refuge. See you all around soon! I actually miss some of you. :)]

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