Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 7, A.D. 2001

Numbers 12:1-13
Psalm 51:3-7,12-13
Matthew 14:22-36

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The readings today stress faith and humility: faith, because in the first, God is constantly inviting the Israelites to follow him in faith through the Red Sea to the Jordan River; in the second, Jesus invites Peter in faith to walk on the water of the Sea of Tiberias.

Every day of our lives, God is inviting us to abandon ourselves to His mercy and strength in a journey through a sea of evil, temptation -- a journey filled with challenges to holiness and justice. Every day we must begin again to muster our faith through humble prayer to the Lord. Listening to the Lord, we become focused and free. Only Moses' humility, prompted by the memory of his sin of murder, kept him courageous in his face-to-face encounters with God. Peter began his walk on the water from faith, but he faltered through failure to let Jesus bear him up on the waters. Jesus, keep me in faith and humility this day, or I will sink!

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore paulwhit@northnet.org

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