Beads of Joy 08-07-11
Lord, Save Me !!
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Today’s gospel shares with us a blessed beautiful miracle. No I am not actually only talking about the fact that Jesus controlled the laws of gravity and walked on the rough waters; rather I am also speaking of how during the storm, the storms we all face, Jesus came to the disciples rescue. Today we are reading Matthew 14:22-33 “Jesus Walks on The Water” Let’s look at what verse 24 says happened to that boat full of disciples, “but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them.” They were rather far from land and the wind was most likely sending them out even further away, now let’s see what a furlong is; it’s about 660 feet, that’s about an 1/8 of a mile. Scripture tells us they were “many furlongs distance from the land”. Hmm I wonder, I would say two or three is a few, maybe four or five is many. If they were simply four furlongs, then that’s a half mile from land. Not exactly close to safety; and definitely not a simple swim to shore in rough waters.
The reason I also share the details of distance and the fact that the weather was bad; is mostly because I have heard many who don’t believe grumble that Jesus walked out on low tide. How sad to not believe the power and might of a loving, caring God. Anyhow, this miracle not only shows how at all times Jesus was not only watching over the disciples, but how when they were struggling; Jesus got directly involved and reached out His hand. Scripture is so clear and so precise in what it tells us, verse 32 says it all, “And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” It refers to how together Jesus and Peter got into the boat. We learn, that with Jesus all things that are rough, challenging and beaten; become calm. We must do all we can to place all our trust in Him. When we reach out to Him in faith, don’t look away concerned about the waves, stay focused on Him. I know, we all turn away at times, including me. Staying focused on Him gives us the strength we need to make it through our own storms.
We all have fears, even knowing Jesus, we can still be afraid of the challenges around us, look at what happened to Peter in verse 30, “but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." And then Jesus immediately reached out His hand. To the best of our ability let us have, full complete trust in Him. How much do we really rely on Jesus for strength in our difficult times? How many times can we remember or recently reflect about being tossed to and fro through the storms of our own life? How many times have we been thrown from the boat without warning? How many times was it so wrong the way we have been treated? How much trust do we need to have when we are hit broadside unexpectedly? God knows our hearts, He knows how much we love Him, He knows when we really trust Him. Let us begin fresh and new, fully trusting in Him. One day at a time; one Rosary at a time; one issue at a time; knowing that He is there for us. Trusting that His hand is reaching out to us, as we cry out, “Lord, save me.”
“Jesus, I trust in You.”
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr. SFO
Today we pray the Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation