Homily for 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time- Jesus Walks on the Water

posted Aug 17, 2017, 1:06 PM by Church Office   [ updated Aug 17, 2017, 1:06 PM by Michelle Massung ]


            Today, we hear the story of Peter and Jesus walking on the water.  However, before I can explain this in more detail, After Jesus fed the 5,000, he wanted some quiet time to mourn the loss of his cousin St. John the Baptist. He told his disciples to get in the boat and go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee and he would meet them there.  This is important to note because Jesus sent them on a journey but told them He would meet them on the other side, at their destination.  He didn’t say that there would not be storms along the way or that the journey would be easy, just that they would arrive safely. 

            Now the boat represents the Church and the people inside the boat are all of us.  We are on this spiritual journey together and we all encounter storms on this journey.  Those storms are temptations to sin.  So how did the Disciples have the storms calmed?  They invited Jesus into the boat and he calmed the storm.  Please note that they couldn’t calm the storm on their own.  They had to invite Jesus into the storm of their lives and he took care of the storm. Now, in the  middle of the storm, he asks Peter to join him on the water.  Once Peter leaves the safety of the boat, he is able to walk on the water as long as he focuses on Jesus and not the storm.  However, Peter loses his focus on Jesus and turns his attention on the storm rather than Jesus.  Now, I can talk about all the temporal storms we have in our lives, such as financial difficulties, or relationship issues, or illnesses or any other of problems that are of a temporal nature.  Last week, I talked about trusting in Jesus to help you with these issues and even gave you an example of how that works earlier.  Now I want to focus on the Spiritual storms in our lives, the temptations that come our way.  It may be greed, or lust, envy, anger, swearing gossiping etc.  Whatever the spiritual storms you have in your life, you need to call upon Jesus to calm that storm and if you sink like Peter did because the storm overwhelmed you and you sinned, you can reach out and take Jesus’ hand and ask him for forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation.  In this way, you know that you to will reach the other side on your spiritual journey, the journey to heaven and ever lasting life with God, and all the angels and saints.  This week, we will all be on a spiritual journey together.  Once we encounter a storm, invite Jesus into the boat and have him calm that storm so you can make safely to the other side as He promised you would.