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Walk on Water

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 14:22-36.  It’s the story of Peter walking on the water.  I love the image because I can relate to it.  There was a time in my life when I was sort of sinking, but like Peter I cried out “Lord save me”.  Jesus reached out his hand and saved me.  He came into my heart and became my Lord and Savior.  He gave me the gift of eternal life.  As Psalm 40:2 puts it “He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.”  Maybe you’ve had a similar experience of the love of God.  I hope so.

Sometimes we’re going along in life and everything seems fine.  But then we hit a bump in the road and we start sinking.  Our faith is challenged.  We may start to doubt.  We may start to fear.  Has that ever happened to you?  Maybe you’re in such a situation now.  Like Peter we can always cry out “Lord save me.”  Jesus will respond as he responded to Peter.  He will reach out his hand and pull us back up.

The Responsorial for today is Psalm 51: 3-7, 12-13.  It ties in somewhat with the Gospel reading because it’s a Psalm of confession and repentance.  That’s what we need to do to receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Afflicted but not Crushed

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Today’s Mass readings are very reassuring.  2 Corinthians 4:7-15 tells us that in this lifetime we may be afflicted in every way, perplexed, persecuted, and even struck down; but we’ll never be crushed, driven to despair, forsaken or destroyed.  Why?  Because we carry the transcendent power of God within us.  In him and through him we are able to overcome every obstacle.  The life of Jesus is manifested within us.  He who raised Jesus will raise us also and bring us into his presence.  Wow!  That’s good news for these perplexing times isn’t it?

The responsorial is Psalm 126: 1-6.  It’s a prayer for God’s favor.  But also read Psalm 125.  It’s very encouraging.  It assures us that those who trust in the Lord will never be moved.  They will abide forever.  The Lord surrounds his people on all sides.  Those who turn aside and follow crooked ways will be led away with evildoers.  But the scepter of wickedness will never rest upon the land allotted to the righteous. So trust in the Lord.  May our land be righteous so the scepter of wickedness will never rest upon it.  May we never follow crooked ways.

The Gospel reading was Matthew 20:20-28.  Jesus came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as our ransom.  The price for our salvation has been paid.  All we have to do is accept it and receive it.