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'The Fourth Watch'

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea.

- Matthew 14:25

The Romans divided the night into four watches of three hours each. The watches extended from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The fourth watch was from 3 to 6 a.m. It was during the fourth watch that Jesus came walking on the water to rescue his frightened apostles who were in their boat, struggling to survive a severe storm. Jesus got into the boat to calm the sea and their fears. I received a new insight into this story when I attended a lecture by the famous Dr. Elisabeth K+bler-Ross. She said it's an ideal time to visit the hospital between 3 and 6 in the morning--a dark and lonely time when the sleeping pills wear off. Then the patients often experience depressive worries about their health, their families and their future. We hope the ill, injured or those who are afraid will find courage, knowing Jesus still walks to them "during the fourth watch."

- Fr. James McKarns
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It's so critical to seek out quiet. I am so much healthier and better able to respond to all of the duties of life when I protect a quiet hour of prayer every morning. It is so difficult at times, however, to not have that hour intruded upon. Lord, I pray for the quiet and discipline to protect my hour with you every morning, so I can really hear you and step out from there. Amen.
Beth | Posted on: 2017-08-13 16:07:50
Thank you Beth....what a BEAUTIFUL comment...it is so hard to find an hour sometimes...but if we really try we will.1 hour a day has been a God sent to me....Blessings
Barry | Posted on:: 2017-08-13 22:31:10
I agree with my LF family, Jesus never leaves us he is always present, sometimes we are just too caught up in the world to hear him. Even sometimes when we reach out to Jesus, waiting for an answer, do we not hear where he is leading us. Notice in today's story, after feeding the 5,000, Jesus takes time to hear, through prayer. Jesus did not pray in front of his disciplines to be on stage, we sent them off to the other side so we could spend one on one time in prayer.

We too can hear and have Jesus in our lives every moment. We just need to have strong faith and quiet the life around us to hear him.

May God Bless each and everyone of you today during your storms of life, knowing he is there in your presences.

Tim | Posted on: 2017-08-13 08:53:40
Even when we think we are alone, Jesus is with us!
Linda | Posted on: 2017-08-13 06:57:16
Lia | Posted on:: 2017-08-13 09:20:19
Amen. :)
freeter | Posted on: 2017-08-13 00:53:26
"We hope (and pray) the ill, injured or those who are afraid will find courage, knowing Jesus still walks to them "during the fourth watch." Amen
PamelaMarie | Posted on:: 2017-08-13 05:49:38
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