Saturday, November 16, 2019
MONDAY, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
Dedication of the Churches of Sts. Peter and Paul in Rome
Acts 28: 11 – 16, 30 -31 / Mt 14: 22 – 33
Originally built in the fourth century, the basilica of St. Peter was built over the tomb of St. Peter and the basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls on the Ostian Way over the tomb of St. Paul.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 28: 30 – 31
Paul stayed for two whole years in a house he himself rented, where he received without any hindrance all who came to see him.. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught the truth about Jesus Christ, the Lord, quite openly, and without any hindrance.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 14: 22 – 33
Immediately Jesus obliged his disciples to get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent the crowd away.
And having sent the people away, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. At nightfall, he was there alone. Meanwhile, the boat was very far from land, dangerously rocked by the waves, for the wind was against it.
At daybreak, Jesus came to them walking on the lake. When they saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, thinking that it was a ghost. And they cried our in fear. But at once Jesus said to them, "Courage! Do not be afraid: it is me!"
Peter answered, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you walking on the water." Jesus said to him, "Come." And Peter got out of the boat, walking on the water to go to Jesus. But, in the face of the strong wind, he was afraid and began to sink. So he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and took hold of him, saying, "Man of little faith, why did you doubt?"
As they got into the boat, the wind dropped. Then those in the boat bowed down before Jesus, saying, "Truly, you are the Son of God!"
The Mass readings are proper to the celebration of the dedication of the Roman basilicas to the Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul.
The first reading, the conclusion of the Acts of the Apostles, recounts the arrival of St. Paul in Rome on his appeal to the Roman Emperor. Allowed to lodge in a private house, for two years before his martyrdom, Paul continued to proclaim the Gospel message: "He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught the truth about Jesus Christ, the Lord, quite openly, and without any hindrance."
The Gospel reading recounts St. Peter's encounter with Jesus at the lake, where Jesus appears walking on the water to his disciples who were in a boat rocked by heavy winds and big waves. Peter asks to walk to Jesus on the water, loses heart and begins to sink before the Lord keeps him up. In response the disciples worship Christ, "Truly, you are the Son of God."
May the Church continue to faithfully preach the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord, the Son of the living God.
FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most..
Have a good day!
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