Our own abilities

In preparation/contemplation of this Sunday’s gospel reading, the following is from Fr. Meletios Weber, courtesy of Fr. Ted’s blog (here):

“One of the most beautiful encounters in the Gospel takes place between Jesus and Peter on the occasion when Jesus walks on the water. Peter, sitting in the boat, shouts out into the darkness: “‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’  So, He said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him” (Matthew 14:28-31). Peter relies on Jesus when he initially climbs out of the boat, and again when Jesus catches him at the end of the story. It is only in the middle, when he realizes what he is doing, that he relies on his own abilities, and starts to sink.” (Fr. Meletios Webber, Steps of Transformation: An Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelve Steps, pg 124)

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3 thoughts on “Our own abilities

  1. There is a lesson to be learned relating to Peter walking to Jesus in the water; namely, if we ask for Jesus’ help when we are in a predicament — as Peter did when he was sinking in the water — Jesus will help us.

    On the other hand, if we do not ask Jesus for His help when we need it, we are bound to fail.

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