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"Peter said to him in reply, 'Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.... Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, 'O you of little faith,* why did you doubt?'"​

Matthew 14: 28, 31
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

Waves of doubt—they come on us suddenly, don't they?
We might get out of the boat and take the first step, but then we let the storms of life take us over. But reaching out to our Savior always keeps us from going under.

Although Jesus had sent His disciples ahead of him after a day of healing the sick and feeding the 5,000, he was not sleeping on the job when he slipped away to pray. Our Lord was always aware of his followers' plight as they battled the storm and was interceding for them to the Father.

There is another wave of doubt to note as the Gospel of Matthew winds through the chronology of Jesus' ministry. Even after Jesus' disciples had witnessed Him miraculously feed the 5,000 near Bethsaida, they questioned how He was going to feed the 4,000 on the other side of the Sea of Galilee.

One possible explanation for their doubt is that the disciples needed another lesson in faith. How often do we forget that our Lord has been there for us in the past when confronted with a new crisis? But we also know that the second mass feeding extended blessings to a mixed crowd that was not all God-fearing, a revolutionary concept for the disciples, and another reason to doubt.

Prayer for 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time​

How many times, O Lord,
have we feared you were
asleep or away or unaware
of our plight?

Like Peter we let our doubts
get in the way of our faith
and foolishly forget you
are always with us.

Warily we leave the security of the boat
till the wind and the waves
and the impossibility of what
You are calling us to do sinks in
and we are overwhelmed
and in way over our heads

So we cry out "Save us, Lord!"
and fix our gaze again
only on you who call us to follow.
Concentrating totally on you alone
we too walk on water.

Amen.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

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