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Matthew 14:22-33

The Word of God

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid." Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

Matthew 14:22-33
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    • Identify with the feelings of Jesus as he prays, having heard of the death of John, the Baptist. What are his thoughts at this time? What is the content of his prayer? Compose a prayer that you think Jesus might have made.
    • Imagine yourself in the boat with the disciples and listen to what they say as the storm develops.
    • Listen to them as they observe the figure coming across the water!
    • Note how Peter’s trust slips when he turns his focus from Jesus to himself. Reflect on your own life and draw some conclusion.
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    • How easy it is for us to distrust the presence of Jesus who always seeks our good! How sad it would be if I was to dismiss Jesus present in my prayer as just some ‘ghost’. I pray for a deeper trust as I hear his words, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’
    • I can rely too much on myself and, like Peter, lose sight of where I am going. Help me, Jesus, to keep my eyes fixed on you and to trust that you reach out to me, offering me loving help.
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    • Jesus took some time apart to be at prayer. His time with God did not close him to the world, but inspired him to go to the help of the troubled disciples. The time that I spend at prayer build me up in my relationship with God and strengthens me to act in God’s name.
    • Peter had courage when his eyes were on Jesus, but foundered when he focused on himself and his situation. I ask God to help me to keep Jesus before me.
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    • I'm fascinated by that first step of Peter as he climbed over the side of the boat. He was looking at Jesus, not at the water. His mind was charged with Jesus' invitation: /Come/. So often the way out of depression, fear or anxiety is not a thought or a consideration, but a physical step. I take a risk, and find myself strong enough to walk forward, keeping my eyes on the Lord.
    • Did Peter really walk on the water - leave the boat and trip across the waves in the headwind until he took his eyes off Jesus and sank? It sounds a bit magical or highly dramatic. Readers of the gospel would not even have asked that question. They would believe and say, 'Peter always walks on the water'. They would mean that all of life is putting trust in God, and that sinking in life begins in taking eyes off God. We too walk on water - all the time. We walk in trust and know that sometimes that trust in God is so real that we can give our lives to him forever.
    • The hand of God is a human hand. Jesus reaches out to guide us, steady us, support us - all the things a touch of the hand can do. Peter found that also in Jesus - when he took his eyes off the Lord on the water, he began to sink. The Lord then held him close. Like Peter, we are always walking on water, putting our trust in Jesus Christ. We trust in him for protection in the most frightening times of life, like at the hour of death. At times we can do nothing for those we love except place them in the hand of God, knowing that God loves them more than we do.