19th Sunday OT – 2017


“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”


Our life is dynamic, as we all know. It changes every minute. When a something old, very well know to us is gone, something new appears on the horizon. Sometimes, it might be a something very surprising. Then, we may feel a bit lost and a feeling of a panic may surround us for a while.

A number of questions arise in our hearts: will I manage? Am I able to do it? This is quite normal. Everyone goes through this. But why some do succeed and the others do not? Because the first do not give up, they don’t doubt, the others do not even try.

St. Peter, a grown up man, a real fisherman, knew his abilities and his weak points, but he honestly wanted to believe in and trust His Master. When he was told to come, he got – with joy – out of the boat and walked on the water. Everything was fine till the moment when “a strong wind” appeared. He got “frightened and doubted” in what he was doing. His inabilities took advantage over the word of the Lord.

Peter symbolizes nearly each one of us. Knowing ourselves, we put so much accent on our inabilities that we begin to doubt even the Word of God and do not believe in His power. If the Lord says a word – remember – it does what it means. When He says “stop” everything will stop, when He says “Go” everything will go.

But, please, do not put the Lord God to test and remember what we pray: “Your will be done…”. His will not ours. God bless you.

Fr. Kgotsofalang SCJ


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