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April 23, 2024

Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a

The Lord will be passing by.

  • The reading from Kings refers to a time after the death of King Solomon, when the Israelite kingdom was split in two.
  • Elijah confronts the unfaithfulness of the people and their leaders.
  • God comes to Elijah in the stillness of silence.

Reading II : Romans 9:1-5

I speak the truth in Christ.

  • In the letter to the Romans, Paul declares the revelation of God in the Israelites.
  • The Messiah, God's fullest revelation, came into the world through them.
  • Paul is grieved that so many of the Israelites refuse to accept Jesus.

Gospel : Matthew 14:22-33

Lord, save me!

  • The story of Peter walking on the water is found only in the Gospel of Matthew.
  • Peter is being prepared for his role as leader. He begins to sink when he takes his eyes off Jesus.
  • The presence of God in Christ is Peter's strength.