Sunday Matthew 14:22-33

Prayer: Gracious God, may the gift of your Word and Spirit keep us on the path that you direct. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Clara Maass, our devotion writer tells us, is memorialized today on the church calendar. Clara was a seventeen-year-old who volunteered to follow Jesus by being a healer.  She was twenty-three when she worked to help the soldiers during the Spanish-American War.  She had only two hours’ notice to board a ship heading for Manila.  She answered the call. Two years later, she answered the call again to be a test subject for yellow fever research and it cost her life. Her sacrifice helped determine the cause of this terrible infection.

Clara did not spend a lot of time preparing and praying about her volunteering. In today’s text Jesus did not spend a lot of time preparing to respond to the needs of His Disciples. He immediately sent them off to rest, and immediately reassured them when the storm scared them.  He immediately reached out and saved Peter.  Jesus didn’t wait around when His help was needed. It was similar for Carla Maass.

Our devotion writer prays; “May God empower us to respond immediately when we are needed.”

Prayer: “Jesus, thank you for always being present for us—immediately. Amen.”

 

Matthew 14:22-33

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25 And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

28 Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

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