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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
August 9 (9 sierpnia) 2020
19 Sunday in Ordinary Time
This gospel episode takes place while the disciples are returning by boat, having left Jesus on his own to spend some time in prayer. Suddenly a storm blows up and their boat is in danger of foundering. Experienced sailors though they are, they find themselves battling hopelessly for their lives against the raging elements. Panic grips them at the sight of Jesus walking ghost-like towards them across the waters. In their distress they appeal to Jesus who beckons Peter to come and walk on the waters also. He starts out with the greatest confidence but quickly loses his nerve as he becomes conscious of the force of the wind and the power of the waves. His faith and his courage fail him and he starts to sink. Jesus promptly answers his cry of distress, comes to his aid but rebukes him for his lack of faith. The storm dies down-the crisis is re-solved. Christ's presence produces a great calm on the waters and a deep peace in the disciples' hearts
When confronted with stress and pressure of various kinds we are very much like Peter and can identify with his temptation to despair. A sudden turn of events in life and we are faced with storm which threaten the peace and security of our families and homes. At such moments our faith fails and we need to hear those encouraging words of Christ, 'Don't be afraid.' Life is a perilous journey and we need the help of Christ to guide us to our true destination. Peter's mistake was that he turned to Jesus in real prayer only in a moment of crisis when he was paralyzed by fear and in danger of drowning. There is a lesson for all of us who tend to forget about God when all is going well and who only become serious about prayer when problems and tragedies arise. The saying, 'All we can do now is to pray,' betrays an attitude which regards prayer as a last resort when all else fails. Christ is prepared to help us at all times and not just in our hour of desperation. If we turn to him in all the circumstances of our lives he will show us how different his presence makes everything.
The gospel highlights the importance of faith and prayer in the following of Christ. When Peter accepted the Lord's invitation to come to him across the waters he was taking a risk-it was a leap in the dark, a journey into the unknown. Likewise, we have been invited by Christ to leave our relative security and follow him with conviction through the storms and trials of life. We need not become casualties on the sea of life because the Lord is al-ways waiting for us with outstretched arms.
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