August 13 2023 Gospel Reading and Reflection

8/13/2023 (Sunday) Today’s gospel reading: Matthew 14:22-33

22 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.
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 Peter, 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.”

8/13/2023 (Sunday) Today’s gospel reflection: Matthew 14:22-33

The gospel reading above reminds us of a previous miracle in Matthew 8:23-27 where Jesus calmed the sea. In this event, Jesus was in the boat but he was sleeping. When the disciples awoke Him, He chastised them for their “little faith”. Then, the disciples were amazed and question who Jesus was that He can even the waters and the wind obey Him.

Now in the passage above, Jesus was outside the boat and the disciples mistook Him for a ghost. For indeed, no ordinary person can walk on water. Yet Jesus is not just an ordinary human being. He is divine. He is God and He can control everything. At this time, the disciples proclaimed that Jesus that Jesus is “truly the Son of God”. They have at last recognized the divinity of Jesus.

Storms do come and go in our life. Jesus has the same message to us. “Take courage. Do not be afraid.” May we always remember that He is God; that He is always with us; and that He is in control.

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Gospel Reading with Reflection for August 13, 2023
Gospel Reading with Reflection for August 13, 2023

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