Weekly Reflection

As part of my work as Manager, Campus Ministry for the University of Notre Dame Australia I write a weekly refection on the coming Sunday's Gospel and email it to all staff and students of the Fremantle Campus. This then is the weekly blog of those reflections, based on the Gospel readings for Sundays, as per the lectionary of the Roman Missal of Paul VI. Should these reflections find any readership whatsoever, I hope that it is edifying.
The title of my blog is taken from the English translation of Cardinal John Henry Newman's memorial epitaph, which was inscribed on his memorial plaque at the Birmingham Oratory.

Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem - Through Shadows and Images to Truth

Thursday, August 14, 2014

10 August 2014: 19 Sunday of Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Mt 14:22-33
Jesus made the disciples get in the boat
I often think about Peter in this story. He seems like he would have been a good guy to spend some time with. Seemingly, he’s the most enthusiastic bloke of the whole bunch of disciples – always the first to volunteer for a task, always the first to put his foot in his mouth, and always the first to apologise for any wrong doing. His is a faith which is child-like, but certainly not childish.
In today’s Gospel we read the familiar story of Jesus walking on the water. Interestingly it begins with Jesus making His disciples get into the boat. You can imagine the scene, Jesus telling them to go on ahead and that he will catch up to them later, and the disciples, Peter first among them, complaining that they want to stay with Him. Finally, after some discussion Jesus insists that they all get into the boat so he can have to time to pray by himself.
Later, when they see him walking on the water, it is Peter who is the first to pipe-up and yell out to the seemingly ghostly figure. With child-like faith and trust in Jesus he asks if he too can join Jesus out on the water, and being granted permission steps overboard and begins to walk on the water towards Jesus. I admire Peter’s audacity in asking that question. He doesn’t doubt that Jesus can grant him this power and he’s not embarrassed to ask or step out into the unknown.
Peter’s faith in Jesus is like that of a child’s faith in his or her parents. Not afraid to ask for anything at all, trusting that only good things will be given, and not afraid

Questioning Words
How can I foster that child-like faith that Peter had?
What do I have to let go of in order to allow Jesus to work in the busy-ness of my everyday life?

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