Sunday 9 August 2020
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 19:9, 11-13. Lord, show us your mercy and love, and grant us your salvation – Psalm 84(85):9-14. Romans 9:1-5. Matthew 14:22-33.
Jesus walks on the water
Today’s familiar Gospel repays close imaginative attention. The Master, alone on the mountainside, keeps a vigil of prayer.
The boat, in which his disciples have set out across the lake, struggles against adverse winds. Its fearful occupants are spooked by a figure walking across the dark waves – Lord, is it really you? Peter, sinking and spluttering – Save me, Lord! The wind silenced, Jesus among them again – ‘You of little faith! Why did you doubt?’ Which of these moments draws you, speaks in your heart?
‘Take courage. It is I. Do not be afraid.’Email this Print This Page