BIG Faith

This week on GUWG we’re looking at ROCK’S GREATEST HITS — words of wisdom from the disciple Jesus nicknamed “Rock” (aka Peter).

Let’s say you’re Peter …

You and the other disciples are frustrated and disappointed. Things seemed to be going so well with this whole Jesus thing. Just yesterday, he fed more than 5,000 people and it looked like they were finally ready to crown him king. But then Jesus slipped away and went off by himself somewhere to pray.

You and the disciples got into a boat to head for the other side of the lake. Now it’s the middle of the night. You’re several miles from shore. The wind is howling and the waves start to rock the boat.

All of a sudden, Jesus shows up. He’s walking on the water toward you.

“It’s a ghost!” shrieks one of the disciples.

But Jesus says, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

You’re still a bit freaked out, but you say: “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.”

Jesus says one word: “Come.”

You get down out of the boat. Amazingly, you start walking on the water. You head for Jesus. But then you start to notice the wind blowing all around you. Afraid, you begin to sink. “Lord, save me!” you yell.

Jesus does just that. He immediately reaches out his hand and catches you. “You of little faith,” he says. “Why did you doubt?”

Jesus helps you get back in the boat. The wind dies down and the boat immediately arrives at the place you were heading. (See Matthew 14:22-34, John 6:14-21)

OK, now reflect on what just happened and ask yourself what Jesus was trying to teach you with this little lesson. And then pray for BIGGER FAITH.

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  1. Daniel says:

    I considered this verse many times over the years and always wondered how Peter could lose his faith while standing on the water. Then one day at Mass the priest offered another way to look at this that enlightened me in so many ways. He said when life his turbulent you can sit in the “boat” and hope for things to change, but if you want the helping hand of Jesus you need to have the courage to get out and walk toward him. If you don’t try to walk toward him he can’t reach out his hand to lift you up if you begin to stumble.

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