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Week of August 9

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 9
Glenna Smith, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Virgina, Bristow, VA

Mt 14:22-33
Jesus appears to us in unseen and unexpected ways and places.

Are we ready to perceive Jesus presence?

Are we able to perceive?

If we do perceive it, what if the demands of Love require something we do not want to give or be?

Do we see God there?

Rationalization can be persuasive.

Do we see God there?

Fear can certainly obscure that or how or when Love is needed.

Can we see God then?

Jesus, if it is you, command us to come to you. Jesus may say, “Come!”

Will we be able to hear, to respond as Peter did?

Calm our fear and quiet our distractions and give us courage

And keep our eyes and hearts focused on You

So we may, indeed, see you and respond as Love demands.

Sister Glenna Smith entered the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia in 1977 and has served her community and their ministries for 40+ years as teacher, prefect, camp director, counselor, principal and administrator, school psychologist, member of various boards, formation director, monastery coordinator, and subprioress. She was privileged to serve the Federation of Saint Scholastica as president from 2010-2014.