Get Out Of The Boat

So I participated in Mass this morning. It’s been a long time. It felt great to be back home. I was in the right place once again.

Isn’t it funny that you hear certain things right when you need to hear them? The homily was about Peter getting out of the boat when he saw Christ on the lake.

Today’s Mass reading for the Gospel was from Matthew:

Matthew 14: 22 – 33
22 Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,
24 but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.
26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately he spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.”
28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.”
29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus;
30 but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”
31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?”

32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

The priest’s homily focused on having faith and getting out of the boat. He pointed to the part where most people say that Peter had little faith and that is why he sank but didn’t Peter have the most faith because he got out of the boat in the first place?

Peter actually walked on water with Christ, even if for a short period of time. He got out of the boat. Instead, people like to point to Peter’s lack of faith when he sinks in the water. They seem to forget that Peter had the most faith. He got out of the boat. He was the only one who got out of the boat.

Anyway, the homily was meaningful to me.

Also got the kiddos signed up for Religious Education, starts August 21st. Heh.

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