May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. John Vianney

Learn more about St. John Vianney: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=399

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/080415.cfm

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.” 

After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret. When the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country. 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. 

How many times are you like Peter? “Lord command me to do….” And when we clearly hear Him we start off doing it and then become afraid, we lose faith. But do we remember that Christ did not let Peter drown, He reached out and caught him. Do you not think Jesus would do that for you? He will not let you drown, He will catch you and bring you to safety. You have to choose to grab His hand.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the many times you have grabbed me and hauled me to safety! Help my fear and doubt Lord, but never let me forget to reach out to the hand you extend to me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

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