Matthew 14:22-36

Monday, August 4, 2014

Matthew 14:22-36 When Jesus received the news of John the Baptist’s death, he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head-wind. In the fourth watch of the night he went towards them, walking on the lake, and when the disciples saw him walking on the lake they were terrified. ‘It is a ghost’ they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.’ It was Peter who answered. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.’ ‘Come’ said Jesus. Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but as soon as he felt the force of the wind, he took fright and began to sink. ‘Lord! Save me!’ he cried. Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. ‘Man of little faith,’ he said ‘why did you doubt?’ And as they got into the boat the wind dropped. The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God.’
Having made the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret. When the local people recognised him they spread the news through the whole neighbourhood and took all that were sick to him, begging him just to let them touch the fringe of his cloak. And all those who touched it were completely cured.
REFLECTION: In today’s Gospel, after his prayer in the hills, Jesus walks on the water towards his disciples in the boat battling against heavy sea and strong wind in the lake in order to cross over to Gennesaret. Peter requests Jesus to command him to walk on the water towards Him during the stormy sea. As Peter walks towards him,his fear overtook him and he sank.
From Jesus' example, perhaps it is prayer that has the capacity to still our inner world so much so that the chaos of outside world does not unsettle us or causing us fearful. Like Peter, we are so fearful of many things of life and all our worldly detractions worries, and anxieties took away our attention and focus on Jesus. Trust in Jesus wholeheartedly and to stay focus on Him is what we need. This reminds to never permit the mundane things of life to sink or drown us spiritually.

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