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Lord Save Me (XIX OT — A)

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The Sunday Readings

  • Reading I:  1 Kings 19:9.11-13
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 85
  • Reading II: Romans 9:1-5
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:22-33

The first reading from the Elijah cycle is about the prophet Elijah’s encounter with God through "a still small voice". Because of Jezebel’s threat and the sense of his own failure, he has gone to Mt. Horeb to meet with God. The situation of Elijah is like that of the apostles on the boat tossed about by the waves, especially Peter who almost sinks into the sea. "Lord, save me!", he cries out. And the Lord immediately extends his hand to him and saves him from the churning sea.

Read this reflection from Tomas Rosica on the Sunday readings.

On the subject of Jesus’ identifying himself as "I am", Benedict XVI writes:


The calming of the storm is likewise an act that exceeds the limits of man’s abilities and indicates the power of God at work. Similarly, in the earlier account of Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee, the disciples ask one another:"Who is this that even wind and water obey him?" (Mark 4:41). In this context too, the "I Am" has something different about it. It is more than just a way for Jesus to identify Himself. The mysterious "I am He" of the Johanine writings seems to find an echo here too. At any rate, there is no doubt that the whole event is a theophany, an encounter with the mystery of Jesus’ divinity. Hence, Matthew quite logically concludes his version of the story with an act of adoration (proskynesis) and the exclamation of the disciples: "Truly you are the Son of God" (Matthew 14:33)

Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth I, 352

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1 Kings 19:9
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9And when he was come thither, he abode in a cave: and behold the word of the Lord came unto him, and he said to him: What dost thou here, Elias?
Romans 9:1-5
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1I speak the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost:
2That I have great sadness, and continual sorrow in my heart.
3For I wished myself to be an anathema from Christ, for my brethren, who are my kinsmen according to the flesh,
4Who are Israelites, to whom belongeth the adoption as of children, and the glory, and the testament, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises:
5Whose are the fathers, and of whom is Christ, according to the flesh, who is over all things, God blessed for ever. Amen.
Matthew 14:22-33
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22And forthwith Jesus obliged his disciples to go up into the boat, and to go before him over the water, till he dismissed the people.
23And having dismissed the multitude, he went into a mountain alone to pray. And when it was evening, he was there alone.
24But the boat in the midst of the sea was tossed with the waves: for the wind was contrary.
25And in the fourth watch of the night, he came to them walking upon the sea.
26And they seeing him walk upon the sea, were troubled, saying: It is an apparition. And they cried out for fear.
27And immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying: Be of good heart: it is I, fear ye not.
28And Peter making answer, said: Lord, if it be thou, bid me come to thee upon the waters.
29And he said: Come. And Peter going down out of the boat, walked upon the water to come to Jesus.
30But seeing the wind strong, he was afraid: and when he began to sink, he cried out, saying: Lord, save me.
31And immediately Jesus stretching forth his hand took hold of him, and said to him: O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?
32And when they were come up into the boat, the wind ceased.
33And they that were in the boat came and adored him, saying: Indeed thou art the Son of God.
Matthew 14:33
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33And they that were in the boat came and adored him, saying: Indeed thou art the Son of God.

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