Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Life Got You Down?

I frequently suggest to people who are coming into the Church, who are getting closer to the Easter Vigil where they will receive the Sacraments, that they may find themselves in a greater struggle the closer they get to being baptized.  That is often the case.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 14 (beginning with verse 22) we hear the account of the disciples being tossed around in their boat.  In the midst of their fear, Jesus appears to them, and in response to Peter's request, Jesus invites Peter to walk on the water, which he does.

As Peter gets out of the boat and moves closer to Jesus, the wind becomes stronger and his fear increases as he starts to sink.

Just when  Peter feels like all is lost, he cries out, "Lord, save me!" and Jesus immediately "stretched out his hand and caught him."

Here you have a great analogy.  

When struggles in life overwhelm us and fear leaves us paralyzed, it is then, if we are wise, that we call out to God, the only one who can save us from sinking.  If we are not so wise, we continue on in peril, without seeking his help.

If life has you down, turn toward God, because even if the winds get stronger, Jesus will "immediately" stretch out his hand to save you.  Just ask.

Of course those who are super wise, will not wait for the trials to come, but seek Jesus even when the waters are calm.

Janet Cassidy

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