Sunday, August 7, 2011

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Gospel - Matthew 14:22-33

At once Jesus spoke to them, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."

Today is not unlike that day when the disciples found themselves away from the Lord, being tossed about in a boat on a stormy sea. We too, can feel alone and afraid in the storms that surround us. Storms that shake our world, both locally and globally, to its foundation.

These storms can overwhelm us; making us feel as if we are drowning.  They sap our strength, melt our resolve and wear away at our courage. We begin to lose hope and see only dark clouds on the horizon. As our strength and courage wear down, we begin to doubt, like Peter, in the Lord. He who loves us so much He invites us to, Come" and walk with Him upon the waters.

Jesus is our strength and courage. He is our teacher and guide who cares for us so much that in our fears and doubts He reaches out to support us; calming us and renewing us. When we are wounded and afraid He holds us in His embrace. He carries us when we are weary and exhausted.

We know that Jesus is Lord He is the Way, the Truth and the Life - He is with us always - to the end of the age and His love is eternal.

Do not be afraid.

Deacon Don

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