Immediately Jesus Stretched Out His Hand

August 13, 2017 – Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter… (Matthew 14:22-33)

Peter ran into problems despite his initial confidence and courage. He had only taken a few steps when his fear caused him to sink into the water. Fear kept Peter from successfully responding to God’s call.

How will we respond to God’s call? Will we start out courageously like Peter, only to let fear and uncertainty cause us to sink?

It is likely that we already have some fears, and that we already doubt our ability to do God’s work. We start off with confidence only to let fear creep in. There are few of us, if any, who feel 100% confident that we can do all that is asked of us.

The good news in all of this is that Peter did not drown. Despite his weaknesses, Peter went on to become the rock of Jesus’ Church.

This was possible because Jesus was with him every step of the way. He never gave up on him. When Peter faltered, Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and caught him.

We must respond to God’s call with confidence. If fear creeps in and we begin to sink, God will immediately reach out to help us. The courage needed to stay the course should come from knowing that.

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