Tuesday, August 8, 2017


 Sunday, August 13th - 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL READING  Matthew 14:22–33

After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get
into a boat and precede him to the other side, while he
dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the
mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there
alone. Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being
tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During
the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on
the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were
terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear. At
once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to him in reply, “Lord if it is you, command me to come
to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat
and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw
how strong the wind was he became frightened; and beginning to
sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched
out his hand and caught Peter, and said to him, “O you of little
faith, why did you doubt?” After they got into the boat, the wind
died down. Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”

Imagine you are with the disciples seated, or perhaps fearfully lying
in the stern of the boat. You see the ghostly image coming toward
you and at first you are not sure who it is. Suddenly you realize it is
Jesus when he says, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Jesus
then bids you, like he did Peter, to come out onto the water and
walk with him. What would you do? How would you feel about
leaving the boat? Would you take Jesus up on the invitation?

Prayerfully consider how Jesus may be wanting you to “get out
of the boat” and give up control by entrusting something in your
life to him. Ask Jesus to help you surrender that to him with
confidence, remembering what he told the Apostles: “Take
courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”