Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

August 4, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint John Vianney, Priest (1786-+1859) – Patron Saint of Priests

Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22

Psalm 102

Matthew 14:22-36 or Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14


Today we experience the same “stormy scene” as we did in yesterday’s Gospel.  It is worth reflecting upon the personalities involved in this particular narrative.  With divine insight Jesus is aware that His apostles are in real trouble as the storm rages across the sea.  He wants to be with them and protect them.  It’s useless to “quibble” about what, why and how this walking on the sea was actually accomplished.  The real message is that He was not going to let anything disastrous happen to His friends.

Then there is Simon Peter.  Always the impulsive one, he asks the Lord to invite him to also walk on the water.  Right here we must remember that Peter has spent his entire life on the sea as a fisherman.  Is Peter testing Jesus to know whether he is real or a ghost?  Or is he tempting our Lord to allow him to do something miraculous?  It’s hard to tell what he’s thinking.  However, it is obvious that if he attempted to walk on water on his own he would sink.  And that’s exactly what he starts to do.  So he cries our, “Lord, save me!”  The point here is to realize that in time of crisis, if we put our trust in the Lord, He will be there to save us.  Not always according to our wishes, but in regard to what is best for us.

Just imagine the chaos involving what was transpiring.  The other apostles must have just clung to the boat in panic and awe at all that they were witnessing.  Imagine their reaction as the winds and waves instantly subsided and the little boat simply stopped rocking.  Was the purpose of Jesus’ miracle to build up their faith?  I would say yes since, according to Matthew, we read, “Those who were left in the boat did Him homage, saying, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God.’”

If we had been there in the storm, hanging on for dear life, do you believe Jesus’ Words would have been meant for us as well?  May I suggest that you pause to think of the many examples in the Scriptures where our Lord came to the rescue of those He loved. 

Question of the Day:  How will you ask Jesus, your friend, for help in your time of need?

Prayer:  Jesus, I trust in You!  Amen

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


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