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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 9, 2014

THE ROCK THAT WOULDN’T SINK

In our Gospel today, Peter has a dangerous conversation with Jesus – one that I would bet most of us have had a well.

“Lord, IF it is you, then command me to come to you on the water.” Lord, IF. . .  if you love me, if you are there, if you want me to, if you care for him or her. Lord, IF this, then. . . and our expectations follow.

Ever said this? (And how did it work out?) I imagine a lot like it did for Peter. We approach the conversation thinking that God will take some sort of action – in Peter’s case that he would give him the ability to walk on water along side Jesus. Peter expected, as most of us expect, that Jesus would do this for him, but much like we discussed last week – rather than do it for him, he shows Peter what he is capable of.

Again, Jesus refuses to do it all, but responds to Peter’s demand of his own. So too with us, any time we find ourselves saying, “Lord, IF. . .” then know that the Lord will respond by requiring something more of you.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (I Kings 19:9,11-13; Psalm 85; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33).

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