Sunday, August 13:
The Nineteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time
Today we hear of a terrible storm occurring at night in the middle of the Sea of Galilee, and the disciples being very frightened. Then Jesus himself starts walking across the water towards them!
Since we all know that is humanly impossible, the disciples fear that they are seeing a ghost! But Jesus is God, so he is able to do things we mere humans cannot do. Or can we?
Peter understands that with Jesus, all things are possible, so he starts to walk on the water, too. However, his human instincts and doubts take over, and he sinks! Jesus informs him that the reason he sunk is because he doubted, because he has little faith!
So what is great faith? Great faith is understanding that God will grant us anything we need— that is very different from what we want! Great faith is understanding that God is control, not me, and that with God’s help anything can be accomplished.
Don’t expect to walk on water—we may want to, but we don’t need to! We do need to be kind to one another, take care of one another, and forgive one another.
When we don’t believe any of those things are necessary, we are showing how we have little faith, that we doubt. With great faith, we will do only that what God wants us to do.
What do you doubt? Talk to God about that, and listen quietly for his answer.
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