No Judgments, Just Jesus

Ordinary Time 9: Stepping Out into the Storm (Matthew 14:22-33)

In fear for their lives on the stormy sea, the disciples are shocked by a strange apparition walking on the waves that claims to be Jesus. Peter seeks to prove the identity of this unexpected visitor by getting out of the boat and walking on the waves to Jesus. For a moment, he is successful, but the sight of the winds proves too much and he sinks. Jesus reaches out his hand to save Peter. Peter’s “little faith” expressed in his “spectacular failure” may fail, but Jesus never fails Peter, for though Peter takes his eyes off Jesus, Jesus never takes his eyes off Peter.

Opening Hymn: Blessed Assurance
Closing Doxology: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow