Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Matthew 14:22-33
by Daily Gospel | Source: Daily Gospel
1st book of Kings 19:9a.11-13a.

There he came to a cave, where he took shelter. But the word of the LORD came to him, "Why are you here, Elijah?"

Then the LORD said, "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. A voice said to him, "Elijah, why are you here?"

Psalms 85(84):9ab-10.11-12.13-14.

I will listen for the word of God; surely the LORD will proclaim peace To his people, to the faithful, to those who trust in him.

I will listen for the word of God; surely the LORD will proclaim peace To his people, to the faithful, to those who trust in him.

Near indeed is salvation for the loyal; prosperity will fill our land.

Love and truth will meet; justice and peace will kiss.

Truth will spring from the earth; justice will look down from heaven.
The LORD will surely grant abundance; our land will yield its increase.
Prosperity will march before the Lord, and good fortune will follow behind.


Letter to the Romans 9:1-5.

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 separated from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kin 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 Messiah. God who is over all be blessed forever. Amen.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 14:22-33.

Then he 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."


Commentary of the day
Saint John Chrysostom (c.345-407), priest at Antioch then Bishop of Constantinople, Doctor of the Church
Homilies on Saint Matthew's gospel, no.50, 1-2

"Man of little faith, why did you doubt?"



Once again the disciples are a plaything of the waves and a storm rather like the first one (Mt 8,24) hurls itself against them. The first time, however, they had Jesus with them, whereas this time they are alone and left to themselves... I think this was because our Savior wanted to stir their sleeping hearts and, by throwing them into a panic, he inspired in them a strong desire for his presence  and kept the  remembrance of him constantly in their mind. Hence he did not come to their help at once but «during the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the sea»...

Peter, ever ebullient, always getting in before the other disciples, says: «Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water»... He didn't say, «Command me to walk on the water» but to «come to you», for there was none who loved Jesus so much as he. He did the same thing after the resurrection: unable to bear moving as slowly as the others in the boat, he jumped into the water to get there before them and satisfy his love for Christ... Getting out of the boat, then, Peter went towards Jesus, more delighted to be going towards him than to be walking on the water. But after confronting the greatest danger, that of the sea, he was to give in to a lesser, that of the wind. Such is human nature! Often, having overcome serious dangers we are conquered by lesser ones... Peter had not yet been set free from all his fear... in spite of Christ's presence beside him. For it is of no use to be beside Christ if one is not close to him by faith. This is what emphasizes the distance separating master from the disciple...

«O man of little faith, why did you doubt?» So if Peter's faith had not faltered he would have resisted the wind without difficulty. And the proof of this is that Jesus grasped Peter while leaving the wind to blow... Just as the mother bird supports with her wings, as it is about to fall, the fledgling that has prematurely left the nest and draws it back into the nest, so does Christ with regard to Peter.








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