August 9, 2020 – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: 1 Kings 19:9-13 / Romans 9:1-5 / Matthew 14:22-33
I will be delivering the following homily at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Indianapolis today. You can listen to the audio version as delivered last night, or read the written text below:
I would like you to listen again to these five sentences from our gospel, broken into three segments.
One: “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
Jesus said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
Two: But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and began to sink.
Three: He cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Within these five sentences, Peter undergoes three separate faith experiences: Strong faith, wavering faith, and a renewal of faith.
When we hear this gospel story, we tend to focus on Peter’s uncertainty, his lack of faith. Jesus even asked him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
This is not the only time Peter seemingly gives us an example of what NOT to do.