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

Daily Word Of God

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?’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Seeing the disciples frightened, Jesus assured them that it is He and not a ghost. He also assured Peter by granting him his request to walk on the water to reach Him.


  • Peter started walking but got frightened of the strong wind and lost his faith in Christ. He then asked Jesus to save him and Jesus did so but said, “You have so little faith. Have we experienced this in similar ways?


  • What happens in times of trials, tribulations and temptations that test our faith in Jesus? Do we remain calm and try to do our best to help ourselves and yet keep our prayers intact?  Or do we panic, get upset with everyone and with God?