Monday in the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday in the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

August 3, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 28:1-17

Psalm 119:29, 43, 79-80, 95, 102

Matthew 14:22-36


After reading today’s Gospel narrative you will find that the events that occur are fairy elementary.  The “Church” is tossed in a storm, in the depths of the night, and while Peter is enthusiastic he is also weak and hesitates and fails.  However, Jesus saves him, quells the tempest, and permits the boat to continue towards its goal once he (Peter) has been rescued and brought safely aboard.

Yet, there is more to the story than this.  This is not a thunderstorm or even a rainstorm but a wind storm, and these winds are clearly not those of the Holy Spirit.  We must take notice that Peter’s problem is not that he suddenly realizes that he should not be able to walk on water.  It is rather that he becomes frightened because of the strength of the wind.   The very end of the storm is tied to Jesus climbing into the boat yet Matthew does not say that Jesus rebuked the winds or anything of the sort – it is His very presence that seems to do the trick.

Friends, in many ways our world is being tossed about by winds and stormy seas, and we seem not to be making any progress from all that has occurred in the past four months.  However, we are comforted in the fact that our Lord is in fact nearby ready to rescue us.  If Peter, in his fear, can find the humility to call out, the fidelity to keep trying to serve the Lord even after his many failures, we should be able to do the same thing. 

Question of the Day:  Do you have the courage to shout out, “Lord, save me” in your time of need?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, You have called me.  Let me always be a faithful and brave apostle for You.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well all as for peace in our country and in our world.



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