Matthew 14:22-36 NRSVue
22Immediately he made the disciples get into a boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
28Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
34When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35After the people of that place recognized him, they sent word to that whole surrounding region, and people brought all who were sick to him 36and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
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Some thoughts on this scripture
Identify with the feelings of Jesus as he hears of the death of John the Baptist. What are his thoughts at this time? What is the content of his prayer? Make out a prayer that you think Jesus might have made.
Imagine yourself in the boat with the disciples and listen to what they say as the storm develops.
Listen to them as they observe the figure coming across the water!
Note how Peter’s trust slips when he turns his focus from Jesus to himself. Reflect on your own life and draw some conclusion.