19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Finding God
The God of revelation is a hidden and mysterious God. The disciples experienced this God on the Sea of Galilee: they were caught in a storm while Jesus was up on a mountain by himself praying. The Gospel says they were terrified when they saw him walking on the water. Elijah thought he would experience God in a strong and heavy wind, or in an earthquake, or in a fire. Instead he found God in a tiny whispering sound. We keep thinking that God will be found in the great and powerful, and we wonder why so many people seem never to find God. Our sights have to be lowered, so to speak, from the powerful to the powerless, from the rich to the poor, from the satisfied to the suffering, from the oppressors to the oppressed. We have to listen carefully for the tiny whispering sounds of alienation and powerlessness. Lord, let us see your kindness. Let us see it in all the little people who follow you, carrying their crosses of daily sacrifice, suffering, humiliation, and victimization.
Gerald Darring

“Though in the Gospels and in the New Testament as a whole the offer of salvation is extended to all peoples, Jesus takes the side of those most in need, physically and spiritually. The example of Jesus . . . calls for an emptying of self, both individually and corporately, that allows the Church to experience the power of God in the midst of poverty and powerlessness.” U.S. Bishops, Economic Justice for All (1986) 52
August 10, 2008

Some καιρός / kairos thoughts…
καιρός / kairos—Greek—time—viewed as an occasion rather than an extent

He has muted His heartbeat dispersed it in bird and wood marrow of stone the sun’s secret colors reflected in rainbows and all that it warms
anda Poem from liturgy.slu.edu

Prayer List
Pray the rosary for world peace, Avis Cox, Fr. Clarence Biggers, Gladys and Ben Kramkowski, Rita Moenk, Doug Bearden, Sarah Snider, Thornton/Lynch family, Ryan Amsberry, Annie & family, Connie, her mother & family, Blake, Erik, Campbell family, Jonathan & family, Sharon & family, Will, FMS, Cap. Corp., Patrick & Brittany, Broughman family, Fannie Crowder & family, VAL, Father Ingram’s father & family, Karen’s mother, Cheryl Mobley & family, William Hudson, Robert, Walter, Danielle, Christopher, Barbara, Katherine, Nicholas, Kaylin, Kasie, Mary Beth & family, Mary Ann Mahoney & family, Donna & family, Ann Chancellor & family, Sheila & family, cancer patients & families, military & families, Brandon, Plantation Villa residents, Don, Mrs. Carpenter, Mr. & Mrs. Rooks, Katherine & family, Mr. Dunn, Mr. & Mrs. Barlow, Jane & family, Scott & family, Diane & Peter, Michele & Gary, Lucy’s father & family, Bobbie, Joan & family, Karl’s mother & family, June & family, Tina & family, Belinda & family, OLM family, Kat, Delgratia & family, Mr. Gomez & family, Sara’s mother, Dr. Lynch & family, Rob/Allie & family, Chuck & family, Frank & family, Liesa & family, mother of Dr. Petros, Dr. Issa & family, Odessa, Anita’s mother & family, Ruby, Ruby’s mother & family, Davies family, Katie & family, family of Angie, Ann & family, Gretchen & family, Eileen, Scott & family, Robert, Flavia & family, Tony’s family, Roy & Martha Wright, Roy, Alice Swygert, Alan, Nard, Tony, Glenda, Nelson, J. Bob, Munn, Vogt, Wolfe families, Russell & family, Ola, Gene Wilson & family, Jane Brock & family, Janet Kramer & family, Elayne & family, Winnie, Phil & family, Tony, Stan, Emily & family, Ruthie & Ed, Mr. Bergin & family, Russell & family, Mrs. Sanseverino & family, CC Center, veterans & families Jessie Emmett, Mark, Michael’s mother, Carrie, VAMC, Rambo’s mother & family, Josephine Mary, Mary Anna, S. Paul, Tony, J. W. Wilson & family, Jason & Kim, Josie, Kelly, Mickey’s family, Jon & Janet Cook & family, Karen’s cousin, Mike Aguado & family, Carl & family, Dr. Lopez & family, Dr. Vanapalli & family, Dr. Nair & family, Garrett & family, family of Duffie, Aaron Christian, Marina & family, Mitchell’s father & family, Estella’s mother & family, Kerry’s mother & family, Gail & family, Beth & family, Bernard, Anna & family, Sara Lucas & family, Mary Gilliam & family, friends & familiy of Pat, friends & family of Kathy, Karen, Jackie & family, Bettie & family, Carol & family, Gary & Sharon Creed, Barbara Carl, James & Phyllis Wham, Dan Kessler, Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Fry, David Hempen, Steve Kirkland, Michael Cofer, Buddy Brasher, Lana Adams-Tidwell, Kathy McGhee, Michael & family, Berger family, Mendez family, Ikai family, Joshua Moser, Stephanie Christian, Carolyn Williamson, Patricia Finch, Kathy Weaver, Heidi FitzGerald, Ed Schaffer, Russ family, Willie Ryans, Justine McGuire, Chris B., Joyce Jones, Carlo Dellaquila, Katherine Catti, Stephanie & Mark Fletcher, Michael & Joanna Spataro, Maria Beck, Angela & Justino Prado, Anna & Henry, Heidi, Doris Bishop, Sally McElrath, Debbie McCloud, Joey Milani, Chad Nostrant, Julia Dahm, Cotton Elphingstone, Mary Ondovchik, Ann Rudy, Sonja Robinson, Gary Toler, Shandra Weeks, Randy Taylor, Brian Strickland, Julian Campbell, Mike Robson, Yolanda Alexander, Peggy Cable, Claude Rickman, Z.C., Dames gang, Connie & John’s daughter & son-in-law, Anderson family, Chris Stahler family, Mary Jo Shamas, Frances Homsey, Gus Kneidinger, Steven Ball, Frank, Helen Anderson, Ann, Ana Maria, Henry & Erwin Molano, Ligia & Juan Carlos Restrepo, Chris & Stevie, Paula & kids, Sean & Erin McHugh, Wideman family, Sr. M. Bonaventure, Jack Sexton, Zebertas family, Wanda Smith, Uncle Louie, Jeff Andrae, Mr. Kemp & family, Cindy Bearden, Frances James, Cara Brennan, unspoken, Mary Foster, Jim Cannon, Nancy Truesdale, Mary Platt, Paul & Sam Gagliano, Ulmer family, Hazel Leseueur, Connie Metzger

We meet the Lord in the strangest places. Elijah spent the night listening to the wind, feeling the earthquake and surrounded with fire, but the Lord was not in any of these. He came in a gentle breeze. We would like great events for meeting our God, but most often he stirs our hearts and minds very gently. If we listen, we encounter the Lord. Like Peter, we walk toward the Lord. The Lord says, “Come!” We respond: “Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus, and sustain our faith!”
Philip J. Sandstrom, S.T.D. © 2001 Oregon Catholic Press. All rights reserved.

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