18th Week in Ordinary Time : Tuesday 2nd August, 2022

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Jesus’ Invitation – Faith: In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells Peter and His apostles, “Courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”  Ponder on, “Jesus is inviting us daily to have greater ‘courage’ to trust in His protective love that cares, strengthens and blesses us in all our desires to live the Gospel.  Do we live the Gospel with fidelity and courage?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Matthew 14:22-23a, 25-31

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray.

In the fourth watch of the night he went towards them, walking on the lake, and when the disciples saw him walking on the lake 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 is I! Do not be afraid.’

It was Peter who answered. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.’ ‘Come’ said Jesus.  Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but as soon as he felt the force of the wind, he took fright and began to sink. ‘Lord! Save me!’ he cried.  Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. ‘Man of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’