Reflections and Perspectives

Welcome! Reflections, Testimonials, and Perspectives for St. Mary Magdalen are offered by our priests, deacons, parishioners, and others as guest writers. We will offer a Sunday Reflection as well as other topics. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Updated: Aug 4, 2021

Book of Numbers 12:1-13, Psalm 51, & Matthew 14:22-36

At times, we are fearful, doubting creatures. We see something coming, and we don’t know what it is, so we are afraid; when first told that it’s not a bad thing, we doubt.

In today’s Gospel narrative, Jesus walks toward a boat on the water. His disciples see Him walking toward them, and they are “terrified.” Wouldn’t you be? Because of our human faculty, the disciples share a propensity for thinking the worst. “It must be a ghost!”

God has given us each a life to do many things. However, being in constant fear is not one of them. Our lives are challenging, fascinating, and even a bit scary at times. Yet fear is not, and should not be—a constant. Especially when what comes to us is sometimes a miracle.

Peter, at first, accepts the miracle, then becomes frightened and needs to be saved. When we are distracted from our life in God, we see the distractions expand and obstruct our sight. Could it be that when we become frightened and sinking in our fears that is when we are most in need of rescue by Jesus?

I suspect that this is the perfect time to remember what Jesus said, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Question of the Day: How will you surrender your trust in Jesus today and forever?

Prayer: Lord God, a steadfast spirit renew within me. Amen.



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