Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection

Published on Aug 5th, 2011 by Austin Keith | 0

Our Gospel today depicts the disciples in the midst of great fear. They have embarked on the sea of Galilee to reach the ‘other side’ when a storm blows up out of nowhere. They are by themselves in the boat, it’s early morning and they are exhausted from the long day. Jesus comes to settle their fear. He approaches them “walking on the water”, but the disciples only become more terrified; thinking that He is a ‘ghost’. Storms AND ghosts!

Jesus tells them as He tells us: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid”. This day we are challenged to settle our fears and know that the Lord is God and He is there. Whatever it is that causes one to be afraid; respond by faith. Believe. Believe that Jesus is always coming towards us, always assuring us that we are not now nor will ever be left alone. His loving, hands-on care for us is real. As the old song says: “Ain’t no mountain high enough nor valley low enough to keep Him from you”. We just have to have faith. Believe.

God bless,
Father John