The Word This Week

Divine providence is a wonderful thing: God is so generous with his creation (it is human greed that denies some their rightful share). The Kingdom of God is the time and place when this vision will be fully realised, when all who wish may ‘come to the water’, when all who are hungry may ‘eat as much as they want’, when what is left over is still enough for all the twelve tribes of Israel. Our contemplation of the kingdom of God, through the parables and miracles of Jesus, should stir us up to build this kingdom here and now. The miracle of Divine providence is allowed to work when human greed and selfishness give way to the power of the Spirit working within us, and we share all we have with those in need. Our hearts are set on the kingdom of God, where there is corn and wine and milk in abundance..

Today’s Scripture
(Psalter: Week 3)

Kings 19: 9, 11 – 13
Response: Psalm 84
I will hear what the Lord God has to say,
a voice that speaks of peace.
His help is near for those who fear him,
and his glory will dwell in our land.

Mercy and faithfulness have met;
justice and peace have embraced.
Faithfulness shall spring from the earth,
and justice look down from heaven.

The lord will make us prosper
and our earth shall yield its fruit.
Justice shall march before him
and peace shall follow his steps.

Romans 9: 1 – 5

Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Matthew 14: 22 – 33

Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Lord, speak of peace.

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