Sunday 13 August 2017
Week III Psalter. 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
1 Kings 19:9, 11-13. Psalm 84(85):9-14. Romans 9:1-5. Matthew 14:22-33.
Lord, show us your mercy and love, and grant us your salvation — Psalm 84(85):9-14.
‘When evening came, he was there alone.’
After a hard day’s labour, Jesus needs time to rest and pray. We too could use this same inspiration after a hard day’s work, a difficult time, a challenging situation or a time of struggle or indecision.
The disciples were terrified at seeing Jesus walk on the water, but he tells them to have courage. Peter endeavours to go to Jesus. His faith decreases as the wind picks up, and he begins to sink. Does that sometimes feel like us? Do we start sinking when circumstances get difficult and the result we hope for isn’t realised as quickly as we wished and we lose sight of our goal?
In times of difficulty let us pray for courage so that we don’t sink under the weight of our troubles. Jesus is always there to strengthen us and provide a way.