August 9, 2014

19th Sunday - A

Matthew 14: 22-33

It’s Painful, but ….

Hardships, challenges, and even sufferings are all parts of our human reality.

We know that.  We all have experienced hardships, challenges, and sufferings. 

But it is not easy to know or to explain why.

The disciples in today’s Gospel actually run into the storm as a result of doing what Jesus “makes” them do.  Other translations even suggest stronger verbs such as “to force” [1] or “to compel” [2].

In the case of Peter walking on water, becomes frightened and about to sink, though Peter asks for it, it is Jesus who allows Peter to get into that situation. 

Both events are the opportunities for the disciples to recognize the power of Jesus and to acknowledge, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”

How do I take the difficulties and sufferings that God allows to happen in my life?

[1]  Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., The Gospel of Matthew.  Sacra Pagina Series.  Collegeville, MN., Liturgical Press, 1991; p. 223.

[2] Carla Works, “Commentary on Matthew 14: 22-33,”

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