I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Reflection for Monday August 4, Saint John Mary Vianney, Priest; Matthew 14:22-36

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Gospel: Matthew 14:22-36
22 Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately he spoke to them, saying, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear." 28 And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water." 29 He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; 30 but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "O man of little faith, why did you doubt?" 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God." 34 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent round to all that region and brought to him all that were sick, 36 and besought him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.
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What is faith in Jesus? It’s when you look at Jesus and you disregard anything that will detach your attention from Jesus.  When Peter saw Jesus walking on water he told Jesus to allow him to go to Him and Jesus obliged Peter’s request (Matthew 14:29-30).

Yet when Peter was walking to Jesus he felt the strong wind and saw the waves coming his way and thereupon he began to sink but Jesus was there to save him. We speak here not only of Peter’s weak faith in Jesus we also speak of our own faith in Jesus, how strong is our faith in Jesus?

 Can we still have faith even if we go through severe testing? For example you’re living a clean life and Jesus is an integral part of your life.  Then you suddenly get sick and your doctor will now give you a few weeks to live. Will this not disturb your faith in Jesus?

Life is really a mystery we may be here today but there’s no assurance that we will still be breathing the next day. Even our faith in Jesus in itself is a mystery because we hold on to something that we don’t see yet we still hold-on tightly to something that we don’t see for the reason that we have faith. And this faith that we have will pull us through no matter how severe the trials that may come to us.

Peter obviously has faith otherwise he wouldn’t have told Jesus to let him go to HIM. But Peter allowed also the wind and the waves to momentarily diminish his faith in Jesus. As we go on with our lives we will surely face our own episodes of test of faith in Jesus.

 Let us remain faithful no matter how severe our own test of faith.- mjdasma

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