Stewardship Thoughts - August 8/9

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Scripture readings speak about faith. In the First Book of Kings, the prophet Elijah recognizes God, not in the strong wind and earthquake, but in a gentle breeze. In his Letter to the Roman community, St. Paul is frustrated with the Jews in Rome for lacking faith in the truth of his preaching: Christ Jesus as the Messiah. In St. Matthew’s Gospel, the evangelist tells of St. Peter’s effort to join Jesus, in a violent wind, on the water outside of the boat. When Peter’s lack of faith causes him to begin sinking, Jesus reaches out and saves him. We, as Christian stewards, seek to deepen our faith in Christ — to make Him the center of our lives. We accomplish this when we commit to daily prayer, read Scripture, attend Sunday Mass regularly, partake in Holy Communion, and participate in the Sacrament of Penance. As Elijah observed, sometimes the Spirit of God is quiet and we must be still and listen for His comforting words of peace.