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Gospel Reflections for August 13

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

August 13, 2017 —Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 14:22-33
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

A secretary wrote that her boss was getting ready to go on vacation. She jokingly asked him to leave a telephone number where he could be reached at least once a day to help solve problems. After he left she found a note from him with a number she could call, so she decided to try it. It turned out to be “Dial-A-Prayer.”

In the Gospel, the apostles have a problem. They are in danger of drowning in a wild storm on the Sea of Galilee. They see Christ walking on the water, and are terrified, supposing him to be a ghost. Jesus tells them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter is bold enough to walk on the water toward Jesus, but his courage fails and he begins to sink. He calls out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus stretches out his hand, lifts Peter up, then calms the storm.

Like Peter, we may feel ourselves sinking beneath stormy waves – family problems, serious illness, financial difficulties, temptations, weaknesses, sin. In every storm, Jesus says: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” When the waves seem about to overwhelm us, Jesus reaches out to take us by the hand and lift us up.

But we should not wait until storms come to turn to Jesus. He is our Savior in every kind of weather. We should seek him in the quiet of prayer, turn to him for answers when we are searching for truth, and see life itself as an opportunity to live in his presence.

Let’s not forget those other hands extended to us, the hands of our Blessed Mother. Mary’s Miraculous Medal is a constant reminder that the darkness and clouds of any storm can be swept away by the rays of Christ’s grace that  flow through her hands to us.

I suppose it’s okay to call “Dial-a-Prayer” when we have a problem.  But it’s much better to call on Jesus. He will take us by the hand and say, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”







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