Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

August 2, 2016  – Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Our Lady Queen of the Angels                                                        

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

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 Matthew 14:22-34

Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
and precede him to the other side of the sea,
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 him,
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.”

Reflect: How well do we keep our eyes on Jesus?  Peter wanted to believe, but he was overwhelmed by the strong winds and the churning sea beneath him.  When the world is full of chaos and our foundations seem to be slipping away, we can doubt like Peter.  It’s precisely at those moments that Jesus calls us to trust, to believe, to keep our eyes on him rather than the raucous surrounding us. Maybe it takes us being moved from our comfortableness before we recognize our deep need for Jesus – in all aspects of our lives. Go with it, trusting that he hears and will always respond with what we need.

Do I trust Jesus before turning to anything else that I feel might help me in a time of crisis? Can I let my heart cry out to Jesus, believing that he’ll accept me and receive me just as I am?

Pray: Loving God, many times I have little faith and I doubt your presence. Strengthen me with the grace of faith so that I can live out my life with courage and strength, knowing that you will never let me drown under the weight of this world. I pray this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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