A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Sunday 9 August

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Kings 19:9, 11-13; Psalm 85; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33

Walking on the sea

Biblical traditions record that “walking on the sea” is something God does – God prevails over creation. By “walking on the sea”, Jesus does what God does. He shows God’s presence and basileia (reign) prevailing over all opposing forces. Peter recognises Jesus who invites: “Come”. He climbs out of the boat to walk on the water towards Jesus. All is well until he takes his eyes off Jesus and begins to sink. Jesus extends his hand to Peter. Do I keep my eyes on Jesus? When I am sinking, am I aware of Jesus, there extending his hand to me?

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