August 7, 2018
(Pope St. Sixtus II and Companions; Martyrs)
Walking on the stormy water of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus said to His disciples, “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?” . . .
When they reached the shore, People brought to him all those who were sick and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed. Mt_14:22-36
Two kinds of faith. Peter had the faith to respond to a calling, “IF it is you…” But after the confidence of boldness faded and the inability to battle the forces of nature by himself set in, Peter’s false faith led him astray. And yet, even in the shadow of doubt, Jesus proved He will still save us, just as He did Peter!
On the other hand, the sick were more than confident that Jesus alone had the power to heal their infirmities. They knew that it was totally out of their hands and that just a touch of his garments, just their nearness to His divinity was enough to answer their true faith in Him. And it did!
What about us, beloved? Is our faith in Jesus strong enough to overcome even our deepest doubts? Are the Gospel stories enough to convince us that we need not doubt His power, His love, His divinity! Jesus can heal, restore and raise us above all earthly obstacles! Trust in Him! Have Faith!
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