August 8, 2017
Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest
The Gospel Today
Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
and precede him to the other side of the sea,
while he dismissed the crowds.
After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
When it was evening he was there alone.
Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them, walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
“It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to him in reply,
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him,
and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”
After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.
When the men of that place recognized him,
they sent word to all the surrounding country.
People brought to him all those who were sick
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak,
and as many as touched it were healed.
REFLECTION (Sem. Lester John D. Cabais)
Such a thrill-filled story of divine power is being shown by Jesus in the Gospel. We are being invited here to contemplate on how attentive we are in the daily calling of our Lord. Jesus wants us to enjoy his presence and blessings generously. It is by His words we hear every day that he speaks to us and gives us instructions on how we are going to live our life here on earth fruitfully and according to Father’s will. His presence is a sure proof that He never abandons us. But, in spite of the many evidences He has shown to us, we still doubt when life’s storms come in. When we are dragged in some of the most uncommon areas of uncertainties, doubts and hesitations; when we are being tossed and shaken by the challenges of our lives, we doubt the presence of God. Just like Peter, when he crossed the water and felt the mighty wind, doubt filled his heart and began to sink.
I remember when our family encountered losing three of our most beloved kin – my grandmother, my grandfather and aunt – in just a span of two years. They had kidney failure, stroke and cancer respectively. It was hard and exhausting for everyone. But it is the faith that held us together and the steady focus on God that gave us the motivation to hold on. A great tempest which shook us so great that we nearly sunk if we just loosen our grip.
Jesus wants us to be attentive on his instructions in times of trouble. He’s the master who’s calling us to cross the sea of difficulties and join Him. Christ wants us to keep our eyes focused on him as we journey here on earth. Let us not worry about the waves, the tempest and the hardest problems that we can have in this life. Christ said, “Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid!” May we always pray to our Lord that we may continually grow in faith, for it is in faith that we can find courage when we cross a stormy sea.