Matthew 14:25-32 NRSVue

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.

Some thoughts on this scripture

We may notice that Peter failed but we will see, too, that he always responded energetically and fully, risking everything. His faltering seems to have begun when he took his eyes off Jesus and realised that he couldn’t rely just on himself.

Jesus made his way to the boat where the disciples were having some trouble. Intent on their own efforts, they did not realise he was there. I do what I can, as a disciple, but try not to forget that the one I follow is very near.