Catholic Doctrine

19th Sunday of Year A

Catechism Themes

19th Sunday of Year A

CCC 164: faith experiences testing
CCC 272-274: only faith can follow mysterious ways of providence
CCC 671-672: in difficult times, cultivate trust that all is subject to Christ
CCC 56-64, 121-122, 218-219: history of covenants; God’s love for Israel
CCC 839-840: the Church’s relationship to the Jewish people

Only One Faith (CCC 166-175)

God’s Word

by Fr. Clement D. Thibodeau



19th Sunday of Year A

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Transfiguration (Year A) –

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The English term “revelation” derives from the Latin revelare, that is, “to remove the veil.” The root of the word itself indicates that revelation makes known to us something that had been obscure or unknown. Revelation is an uncovering or an illumination. Classically, revelation meant a divine teaching or instruction. 

All of this, however, is a limited description of what the Church means by revelation. A fuller description must refer to the personal nature of that which is being revealed, that is, God. The Catholic understanding of revelation makes reference to the way in which God reveals God’s self to the world, the gift of God’s own being which is revealed, and a relationship of meaning that provides an ultimate grounding for our being and our world (CCC 54).

Because Christ is the fullness of God’s self-revelation there will be no new self-disclosure from heaven in the future. The relationship that is made possible for us in Christ with the divine will not be added to or improved upon in any new, public way (CCC 66). A key word here is “public,” which the Church contrasts to private revelation. At certain times in Christian history there have been private revelations that assist living out the faith, but these private revelations do not add anything substantial to the deposit of faith and must be judged by the teaching authority of the Church to be authentically from Christ or the saints. Thus, the Catholic Church believes that no revelation whatsoever since the person of Jesus can ever correct or surpass what has been given to us in the Christ event (CCC 67).

To understand, as Catholics do, that the fullness of revelation is encompassed by Jesus who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) does not mean that the self-disclosure of God to us is not sometimes obscure or mysterious (CCC 157). Thus, what has been revealed and how that forms our faith is certain, but human language and thought may struggle to express and articulate what is known of the divine in the relationship of love communicated by God’s self-disclosure.

The result of divine revelation is that we live now within the promise of God. Human life has as its goal the ultimate union with God who has loved us so much that the divine reaches out to us and communicates. A relationship is established that puts before us a future filled with justice, hope, love, and the vindication of faith. The eternal Word, Jesus Christ, who opens this avenue of promise, is experienced in the proclamation and study of sacred scripture, in the body of believers, the Church, and in the living Tradition that is handed on by the Church from age to age.


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  • Who helps you to grow in your understanding of God?
  • How can you come to know God better?
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Catholic Catechism

19th Sunday of Year A

19th Sunday of Year A

Bible Verses Cited in Catechism

1st Reading

1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a

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2nd Reading

Rom 9:1-5

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Gospel Reading

Mt 14:22-33

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28 articles on the “four pillars” of the Catechism offering a pastoral approach explaining Catholic beliefs not stated explicitly in the Bible, e.g., Purgatory, Marian doctrines.

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Catholic Answers

19th Sunday of Year A

Every day for more than a millennium, the Church has begun her daily round of prayer with the words “O Lord, open my lips” and then sung Psalm 95 (or 94 for the Latin and older English versions of the Bible). The psalm begins “Come, let us adore the Lord.” Toward the end, we hear, “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”

Often is it hard for us to hear the Lord’s voice; or if we do, it is hard to keep paying attention, especially if things get difficult or stressful.

God gets Elijah’s attention today, first by heavy winds, then by an earthquake, and then by fire, but Elijah finds that these signs do not contain the prophetic message he was awaiting. Instead, he finds God’s presence in a “still, small voice” or as our translation tells us, a tiny whispering sound. He then enters the darkness and the silence of the cave to hear the voice of the Lord. A dialogue then begins (not included in today’s passage) between Elijah and the Lord.

One way we misunderstand conscience is by thinking of it as a set of emotions, reducing it to “feeling good about doing the right thing” or (especially) “feeling bad about doing the wrong thing.” For instance, it’s become commonplace to say that psychopaths are “without conscience,” but this is untrue. They may lack empathy or emotion or remorse for their actions, but what they don’t lack is conscience, properly understood. Conscience may cause you to regret something, but “conscience” and “regret” aren’t the same thing.