Sunday, August 9 at St. Francis Xavier Parish
We are in the middle of the summer months already! This Sunday we celebrate the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Gospel presents us with the story of Christ walking on the water.
“The episode in the gospel appears in two other gospel accounts, but Matthew has a unique version of the story. It is only Matthew that has Peter on the water with Jesus, and then sinking due to a lack of faith. Of course, Jesus rescues him…
It doesn’t take much imagination to see in this story that the boat represents the church (Matthew is the only gospel to use the term “church”) and that Peter, as leader of the twelve himself, is reliant upon Jesus. In fact, the entire boat is buffeted by the storm but does not sink. When Jesus comes aboard, the storm subsides and the waters are calm. We are told that this happened during the fourth watch of the night (between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.). Modern folks might wonder what the twelve were doing on the water at that time of night, especially during a storm! The answer is that Jesus had commanded them to meet him at the other side. The Sea of Galilee is about thirteen miles long by eight miles wide. So even to traverse the shorter distance could have been treacherous, especially at night. As for those of us in the boat today, we can expect turbulence much like the disciples themselves experienced. Though Peter was willing to step outside the boat, his faith was little, not enough for him to stand on his own. His immediate cry for help was heard and he was saved. We may take comfort in knowing that those in the ship will be safe even if the journey is bumpy. And the Lord is there to save us when we cry out.” (Living Liturgy 2020)
As we gather for Sunday Mass at our parish, please arrive wearing a face mask and sit in the pew that the ushers direct you to. Mass times are as always: 5:30pm on Saturday and 9am and 11am on Sunday. The 9am Mass will be livestreamed for those who cannot join us yet at this time, and as it has been our practice since we began livestreaming in March, we will say the Rosary at 8:30am before the Mass. You can click on the picture below to go directly to the livestream on Sunday morning.
Also, I would like to invite you to see the parish bulletin which has been posted on our website to provide some parish announcements and interesting articles, as well the Mass intentions for this week.
One final note: In case you aren’t already aware, our office hours have been adjusted until further notice. The new hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The office will be closed on Mondays. Appointments are still required in order to visit, and masks must be worn upon entrance.
Stay safe, stay inspired! God bless you!