Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (2nd August, 2016) on the Gospel
(Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, B., Opt Mem)

Jer 30:1-2.12-15.18-22;
Ps 101:16-21.29.22-23. (R. v.17);
Matt 14:22-36.

Topic: When foundation trembles.

Jesus made His disciples go on ahead to the other side. After praying, He walked on the sea towards His disciples early in the morning. When they saw Him, they were terrified and said, “It is a ghost!” He immediately said to them, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Peter with Jesus’ approval walked towards Him on the water, “But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’” Immediately, Jesus reached out His hand, caught him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” The wind dropped immediately they got into the boat. The occupants of the boat worshiped Him saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Peter’s sinking resulted from lack of faith. We must always fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, and keep our faith, even when we say that we are greatly afflicted, cf. Heb 12:2; Ps 116:10. It is through faith that the children of God will overcome the world, cf. 1Jn 5:4. And faith is the shield with which one can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one, cf. Eph 6:16.

Children of God walk by faith, not by sight, cf. 2Cor 5:7. It is only through faith that one can stand, cf. Rom 11:20. Only those who have faith will be blessed like Abraham, cf. Gal 3:9. Let everyone examine him/herself to see whether he/she is still holding to the faith lest one might sink without knowing it, cf. 2Cor 13:5. Our faith is our foundation.

Bible Reading: Heb 12:1-13.

Thought for today: Why are you afraid? Have you no faith? (Mk 4:40)

Let us pray: Lord, “Increase our faith” – Amen (cf. Lk 17:5).

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