19th Sunday in OT - August 13, 2023

At this time of year, the forces of nature can buffet us from every side.  Drought and forest fires, thunderstorms and floods, tornadoes and hurricanes, anything seems possible.  If we are in a vulnerable position, in a small boat at sea, we can find ourselves in grave danger.  Today we see Jesus calmly approach the disciples during a storm as their boat is tossed about by the wind and waves.

Peter is trying to show faith.  In daring Jesus to call him out of the boat and onto the water, he is not trying to prove Jesus wrong as some of the Pharisees consistently tried to do.  He truly believes in Jesus’ power.  But on the night he denied Jesus three times, he again became frightened.  Whether of drowning or of being crucified, Peter’s fears are obstacles to his faith.  Only after his faith is strengthened by Jesus’ victory over death and the gift of the Holy Spirit does Peter publicly testify immediately and courageously to his faith in the Son of God.  His testimony of the need for repentance and forgiveness is appropriate.

Our lives can be like a boat tossed about by the waves, leaving us fearful and exhausted.  But recall Jesus’ final words to those he loved.  “I am with you always.”  Can we see Jesus coming to us on the rough seas of life, reassuring us and staying with us?  Can we trust in the One who overcame death itself to guide us through the rough waters of our life?

Love, Peace, Joy,

Fr. Bob

Don’t forget Tuesday, August 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  This is a holy day of obligation.  We will celebrate Mass at 8:00 AM and 6:30 PM.  Mary assumed into heaven, pray for us.


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