Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
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Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
In Matthew 14:22 - 33 (the full text is below), Peter keeps his eyes on Jesus and he can walk on water! The moment he is distracted and takes his eyes off of Jesus, he sinks. Peter then puts his focus on Jesus again and he is saved.
To examine what occurs in this text, we must look at the context. Verse 25 tells us it is “fourth watch of the night”. The timeframe is between 3 am - 6 am. Verse 24 tells us they are few miles offshore and the waters are choppy. When the disciples put their eyes on Jesus, they think he is a Ghost. When they realize it is Jesus, Peter makes his request to walk on water and he does. Imagine if you were on that boat. I can assure you it must have been a frightening experience until the point that Jesus is present. It must have been an unbelievable experience for Peter to walk on water. But then in verse 30 that Peter concentrates on the wind and not on Jesus. This causes Peter to doubt that Jesus could keep him on water and this causes him to sink. Then in the same verse Jesus refocuses on Jesus and he is rescued.
In our lives we too must keep our eyes on Jesus. Amidst COVID-19 and all the uncertainties of life, if we keep our eyes on Jesus we too will be saved. Although life may become difficult Jesus will help us. What are the distractions in our life that we must get rid of to keep focused on Jesus? sin is one of them. Avoid it like many of us avoid Coronavirus and we should be ok. We must take part in the Sacraments and follow the Commandments. I hope that by keeping our eyes on Jesus, we can one day meet in heaven.
The Walking on the Water.
22 Then he made the disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
23 After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening, he was there alone.
24 Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
25 During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea.
26 When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
27 At once [Jesus] spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
28 Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
29 He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
30 But when he saw how [strong] the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, * why did you doubt?”
32 After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
33 Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”
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