Monday 4th August – Memorial of St John Mary Vianney, Priest
Reflection: Matthew 14: 22-27
IT IS I
Jesus continues to demonstrate His superiority and sovereignty over every issue in our lives day by day. Today, we see Him exercising His Lordship over the force of gravity; He walked on water without sinking. He tells us today: “it is I! Do not be afraid!”. (Matthew 14: 27). Remember He is the I Am. The “one who is, who was and is to come.” It is when we understand the meaning of this phrase that we would really appreciate the power and benefit of His presence among us.
Are there areas of your life where you are experiencing any form of dryness? Jesus is telling you to look unto Him today because He alone has the answer. In fact, He is the answer. What we really need to do is too take a leap of faith just like Peter. Beloved, if you really want to experience the extraordinary in your life then you must be ready to do the ordinary. You do the ordinary by imitating the master Jesus Christ Himself, who says that He is the “author and finisher” of your faith. (Hebrews 12:2). He is telling you today not to be afraid, for He is working out all things for your good.
It is very important that before you take any important decision, you should make sure that you have Jesus before you always, as your focus and your guide. Peter started well on the sea, but at some point, fear and discouragement crept in. But Jesus in His mercy pulled him out again. Beloved, you might find yourself stuck in the course of taking a brave step of faith; or you may even be experiencing some doubt towards what you should do; why not call upon Jesus who would help you out. Remember He is a very present help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1). Call on Jesus today and see the impossible happen for you.
PRAYER: Most powerful Jesus, as I look unto you today, may I draw strength for my present situation, and the journey that lies ahead. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 142: “By His revelation, ‘the invisible God, from the fullness of his love, addresses men as his friends and moves among them, in order to invite and receive them into his own company’. The adequate response to this invitation is faith”.
HIDE A TREASURE: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 RSV-CE
Readings for Today: Jeremiah 28: 1-17; Psalm 119: 29, 43, 79-80, 102; Matthew 14:22-36