On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 4, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Just like Adam once walked with the Lord our God in the garden. In perfect communion and adoration of our Lord. We too have hope that one day we will do likewise. Our Lord spoke freely to Father Abraham and later again with Father Moses whom He chose to shine His face upon, through that unique communion with Him. The foreshadowing of the messiah to come, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

Let us not then take the moral high ground thinking we are superior, or above others. Allowing the sin of pride to consume us. But walk on it by modelling ourselves against our saviour who is meek and humble of heart. Who came not to be served but to serve.

When we are ourselves grow weary in our service of others, He is there to take over and give us rest.  He had showed us the importance and wonders of spending quiet time in prayer. To be in communion with our Heavenly Father.  And when we embark on the journey towards Him in unchartered territories, He calls out to us; “Do not fear, I am with you.” 

Let us grow in faith and love for Jesus through the relationship He calls us to have with Him.  So that we may always remain focused on Him to lead us home. Amen

First reading
Numbers 12:1-13

Miriam, and Aaron too, spoke against Moses in connexion with the Cushite woman he had taken. (For he had married a Cushite woman.) They said, ‘Has the Lord spoken to Moses only? Has he not spoken to us too?’
  The Lord heard this. Now Moses was the most humble of men, the humblest man on earth. Suddenly, the Lord said to Moses and Aaron and Miriam, ‘Come, all three of you, to the Tent of Meeting.’ They went, all three of them, and the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the Tent. He called Aaron and Miriam and they both came forward. The Lord said, ‘Listen now to my words: If any man among you is a prophet I make myself known to him in a vision, I speak to him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses: he is at home in my house; I speak with him face to face, plainly and not in riddles, and he sees the form of the Lord. How then have you dared to speak against my servant Moses?’
  The anger of the Lord blazed out against them. He departed, and as soon as the cloud withdrew from the Tent, there was Miriam a leper, white as snow! Aaron turned to look at her; she had become a leper.
  Aaron said to Moses: ‘Help me, my lord! Do not punish us for a sin committed in folly of which we are guilty. I entreat you, do not let her be like a monster, coming from its mother’s womb with flesh half corrupted.’
  Moses cried to the Lord, ‘O God,’ he said ‘please heal her, I beg you!’

Gospel
Matthew 14:22-36

When Jesus received the news of John the Baptist’s death, he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head-wind. In the fourth watch of the night he went towards them, walking on the lake, and when the disciples saw him walking on the lake they were terrified. ‘It is a ghost’ they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.’ It was Peter who answered. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.’ ‘Come’ said Jesus. Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but as soon as he felt the force of the wind, he took fright and began to sink. ‘Lord! Save me!’ he cried. Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. ‘Man of little faith,’ he said ‘why did you doubt?’ And as they got into the boat the wind dropped. The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God.’
  Having made the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret. When the local people recognised him they spread the news through the whole neighbourhood and took all that were sick to him, begging him just to let them touch the fringe of his cloak. And all those who touched it were completely cured.

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