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.
After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
When it was evening he was there alone.
Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
“It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to him in reply,
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter,
and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”
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I see a lot of myself in Peter lately. I’m asking Jesus to help me, to reveal himself and his plans to me, and to help me to do his will. When he calls me and I take my first baby steps toward him, something inside me doubts. I freak out and decide all of this was a bad idea. Once I start sinking, I call out to Jesus, using him as a life jacket when I know he should be more than that. I hear him telling me the same words he said to Peter, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” This Sunday’s Gospel was my reminder to trust in Jesus. This was my wake up call to have more faith in him and let him guide me. In the storms of our lives, we keep our eyes on him.
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