DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage
Dear Friend in the Lord,
Fears – Faith: In today’s Gospel episode, Jesus walks on the rough waves towards His disciples’ boat. Peter got out of the boat and walked on the waters as Jesus had called for him, but he began to sink when he became afraid. Jesus reminds Peter and us, “Do not be afraid; have faith in Me, for I am your greatest security.”
Fr Philip Heng, S.J.
After sending the crowds away Jesus went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now some furlongs from land, was hard pressed by rough waves, for there was a head-wind.
In the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the sea, and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. ‘It is a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, ‘Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.’
It was Peter who answered. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.’ Jesus said, ‘Come.’ Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but then noticing the wind, he took fright and began to sink. ‘Lord,’ he cried, ‘save me!’ Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. ‘You have so little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’