July 3, 2022     12:52 pm
50. Week of Second Sunday after Epiphany - Sunday
Walk on water – “Be of good cheer”
          Be of good cheer; it is I; do not be afraid.   Mathew 14:27
          When our Saviour had miraculously fed the five thousand, He straightway compelled His disciples to get into a boat and to go before Him to the other side, while He sent the crowd away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into the mountain apart to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. But the boat was now in the midst of the sea, tossed about with waves; for the wind was strong. In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying: "It is a spirit." And they cried out with fear but straightway Jesus spoke to them, saying: "Be of good cheer; it is I; do not be afraid." Peter answered Him and said: "Lord, if it is You, bid me come to You on the water." And He said: "Come." And when Peter got out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw the boisterous wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying: "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him, and said to him: "O you of little faith why did you doubt?" And when they had come into the boat, the wind ceased. (Matt.14:22-32.)
          Indeed, Jesus is truly the Son of God, the only-begotten Son of the Father. His divine eye sees when His own are in trouble. He hastens to aid them. But when He comes, His own often do not know him and His wondrous ways, and rather think that hell is near. And great fear takes hold of them. Then they must listen to the voice of His word: "Be of good cheer; it is I; do not be afraid." And they must take courage and good cheer, and fear nothing, relying only on Him and His Word. But how easily such consolation of faith vanishes again! When new waves of disaster threaten, how little in faith they are! Then nothing remains but to cry: "Lord, save me!" And the faithful Lord will not refuse to do so. He will stretch out His hand and help, help always, unto eternal life.
          PRAYER: - Jesus Christ, O great and faithful Lord, I am a poor being, weak in faith, easily perplexed, soon despairing. Have patience with me. Cast me not away from Your presence; and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation; and uphold me with Your free Spirit. Do not leave me nor forsake me. For Your name's sake, O Lord, guide me amid all temptation within and without until I shall obtain eternal life, where I shall bless and glorify You forever. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
July 3, 2022     12:52 pm