“TAKE COURAGE, IT IS I; DO NOT BE AFRAID.” MT 14:22-33
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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.” MT 14:22-33
First, Jesus teaches us the need for prayer, “He went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone”. Second, Jesus again reveals His identity by having power over water. Those in the boat respond, “Truly, you are the Son of God”. Last, He teaches us to trust Him and not live in fear but believe, ““Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
There is no reason to fear if you have an unfailing love and belief in God because Jesus conquered the world and overcame fear and death. Easier said than done. Sometimes my faith is strong and sometimes it is weak, but I have learned not to allow my faith or joy to be taken away because I am having a bad day, someone has hurt me, or because I have sinned. Jesus never leaves us and He desires nothing more than for us to be with Him. His desire is even greater than ours. It is what He was made for; to reconcile us with the Father.
”Love requires reciprocity (the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit).” –Jesus to St. Faustina on Divine Mercy
You might ask why Jesus needs our love. He is God. He does not need anything. If Jesus died for souls to be reconciled to God and souls do not repent, it is the greatest tragedy of a soul. Jesus needs our souls to repent. If we do not repent it hurts His most Sacred Heart more than anything else. We were made for a relationship with God, do not be afraid, come to Him and experience the peace and joy He wants to give you.
Today’s challenge: Be not afraid, get out of your comfort zone and take a step closer to Christ who desires nothing more than for you to repent and love Him back. How? Spend time with Jesus everyday in the Eucharist, prayer, the Word, in the people around you.