A reading from the gospel according to Matthew 14:22-36
22 Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side of the sea, while he dismissed the crowds.
23 After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone.
24 Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
25 During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea.
26 When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
27 At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
28 Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
29 He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
30 But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
32 After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
33 Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”
34 After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.
35 When the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought to him all those who were sick
36 and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.
Reflection: Son of God
Good News: Jesus saves us from sinking.
Points to consider:
1. The apostles recognized Jesus and proclaimed Him as the Son of God. This happened after Jesus saved Peter from sinking and the sea calmed down.
• Many people also recognize Jesus as the Son of God after they have experienced tragedy and they have no one to turn to for help. May we accept Him as our Lord even in our moments of success.
• As the Son of God, Jesus walks on water because He is the Lord of everything and that He alone can defeat evil.
2. Jesus prayed alone in the mountains.
• Jesus often finds time to be alone to converse with His Father. Do we also do the same? Let us always remember that our prayer time is the time to be re-energized.
3. Jesus tells His apostles to take courage and not to be afraid.
• Jesus is the source of strength. At the moment when the apostles were fearful, He tells them to take courage.
4. The impetuous Peter desired to go to Jesus.
• We may see Peter as weak in faith but obviously he has the strongest desire to be with Jesus. Although he was distracted with the waves of the sea, Jesus was merciful to him. May we never doubt and lose our FOCUS on Him.
5. Jesus healed many sick.
• Jesus is full of mercy and kindness. He does not reject people who come to Him for healing.
6. The boat was being tossed about by the waves for the wind was against it.
• Our “boat” maybe unstable because there are many circumstances that are unfavorable to our journey. We may be on the verge of sinking yet when we allow Jesus to come to our “boat”, we will experience calmness in spite of the storms that toss us from side to side and from time to time.