One Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict

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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

August 08, 2006

For Tuesday of the Eighteenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 14:22-36

Today we see our Lord once more climbing up a mountain around sunset to pray alone.
However, he is not really alone.
In prayer, he, the Son of God, faces his Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
In the final hours before sunrise, he comes down the mountain.
He walks on the waters of a storm-tossed lake.
When he steps into the wave-battered boat of his terrified disciples, the storm gives up and dies.
His disciples then speak the truth.
Truly, you are the Son of God.

Before he stepped into the boat, he ordered St. Peter to walk towards him on the water.
In many ways we see the Church today in the same situation as the Gospel today.
There is a violent storm and tossing seas.
The Lord, for the moment does not yet subdue the tempest.
He simply gives an order.

Come to me on the water!
Come to me through the storm!

We watched Pope John Paul II keep on going until the final days of his life.
He did not say, “I’m not able to serve.”
He never said, “I’m too old to serve.”
He did not say, “I’m too weak and too sick to serve.”
He did not say, “The storm and the waves are too much.”
He just kept going calmly through the waves, the storm and even the bullets— and he didn’t shut up.
He simply told the world, “I follow the Son of God. Come with me!”
St. Peter, today in the Gospel, became frightened and began to sink.
The Lord blamed Peter for having little faith, for doubting.
In this, we recognize what the Lord wants of us in the midst of the present stormy winds and waves.
He wants us all to do what Pope John Paul II did: simply to walk to Christ through all that is happening, and to let the world hear us say with the disciples in the Gospel, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”
The first disciples did not know at the time that as they fought against the wind and sea through the night, their loving Lord was praying.
Throughout all that happens to us in the world today, the Son of God is our praying representative in the presence of the Father on the mountain of unity in the Spirit.
In his Eucharist as well, the Son of God is our representative in the presence of the Father on the mountain of unity in the Spirit.
In the midst of storm-winds and rough seas, he speaks to us in his Eucharist the same things he says in the Gospel today.
Take courage!
It is I.
Do not be afraid!


O you of little faith!
Why did you doubt?

As we receive him in his Eucharist, he steps into our boat.
It is time, then, for us to join the disciples in the Gospel today.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”

That God Be Glorified in All


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