Reflection on Matthew 14:22-33
We often have doubt about the reality of gifts from God that seem unusual for us. Sometimes we ignore or do a trial run, then abandon them because they may require effort. Ah… but Scripture tells us Jesus gives Peter an opportunity at the extraordinary by walking on the water. After several attempts with his lessor faith, eventually Peter does permanently accept Jesus’s offer. Perhaps like Peter your doubts should dissipate and accept in faith.
Matthew 14 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25 And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
28 Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 14:22-33.