Ordinary 22 30 August 2020

Reflection for OS 22, Sunday August 23 2020. Gospel Reading: Matthew 16.13-20 – Peter and the keys of the kingdom. Last week we left Jesus and the disciples in the region of Tyre and Sidon. This week’s Gospel has them at Caesarea Philippi which was their destination. It would appear that Jesus was seeking some quiet away from the crowds of the Galilee mission and the constant requests for healing. Caesarea Philippi is a particularly beautiful area in northern Israel. It is now dedicated as a Nature reserve. The area is at the foot of Mt. Hermon and melting snow feeds numerous springs and streams. It is an ideal place for a group to go and talk together. The question for discussion conc

23 August 2020 - Ordinary 21

Reflection for OS21, Sunday August 23 2020. Gospel Reading: Matthew 16.13-20 – Peter and the keys of the kingdom. Last week we left Jesus and the disciples in the region of Tyre and Sidon. This week’s Gospel has them at Caesarea Philippi which was their destination. It would appear that Jesus was seeking some quiet away from the crowds of the Galilee mission and the constant requests for healing. Caesarea Philippi is a particularly beautiful area in northern Israel. It is now dedicated as a Nature reserve. The area is at the foot of Mt. Hermon and melting snow feeds numerous springs and streams. It is an ideal place for a group to go and talk together. The question for discussion conce

Ordinary 19 Sunday August 9 2020

Reflection for OS19, Sunday August 9, 2020 Gospel passage, Matthew 14.22-33. Jesus walks on water. The story of the walking on water follows that of the loaves and fishes. After the miracle and the clean up when the fragments left over fill twelve baskets, Jesus sends the disciples off in the boat. They are to precede Jesus who goes off to pray alone. We are told that Jesus urges the disciples to embark, probably because of the impending storm. In the event they get caught in the middle of the lake, buffeted by the waves and a head wind. It was frightening, even for experienced fishermen. The boats were small and fragile, and 12 men would be a big load. Then Jesus comes walking on the

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