Gospel Reading and Thoughts for August 10, 2014

Peter and Jesus2Matthew 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.”

 

“Why did you doubt?”  Have you experienced times of trial or at least uncertainty in your life?  Perhaps you are going through rough waters right now?  Certainly, each day can be full of waves tossing us about, where we do not expect to go and where we cannot see the safe haven.  But Christ is asking us for our trust.  He wants us to put our hands in his and focus only on him.  Whether it is the health of a loved one or difficulties with a job, facing a strong-willed child or a trying pregnancy, Jesus is stretching out his hands to us.  He is reaching for us even before we begin reaching for him.  He is prepared and willing to save us – from our sufferings, our trials, our selves.  We have but to reach for Him.  And He know that our faith may falter, but he also has everything in His control, in the control of his Heavenly Father.

And someday, down the road, when some trials have ended – when a child grows out of the tantrum stage, when a loved one becomes healthy, when a job becomes sure, when a baby is born safe and healthy, we too may wonder, “Why did we doubt?”

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