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August 2, 2022

Daily Reflection for Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22
Responsorial: Psalm 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23
Gospel: Matthew 14:22-36

Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31

More than twenty years ago, when we first joined St Monica, Father Paul Koetter encouraged us to join a Small Church Community (SCC). We knew very few people at Saint Monica, even if we recognized some faces from the Pike Schools, scouts, and soccer. Our SCC became our spiritual family, and we grew together as we shared our faith and our family's lives. That is where I met Sue Schneider. Sue was a retired nurse who sometimes volunteered with the Gennesaret Free Clinic to provide medical care to the homeless.

Sue told us a story about how, initially, a few doctors and nurses would set up tables at Military Park downtown to provide a medical clinic for the homeless. At one point, Indianapolis City authorities shut them down and required a special permit to set up their clinic. The need for a license would be expensive for the clinic to acquire every week, and they were trying to help by volunteering their services. Sue said she was very discouraged by the City's enforcement. However, one of the Doctors proposed that they raise money for a walk-in van so the clinic could be mobile. Sue admitted she thought that the idea that a small handful of volunteer Doctors and Nurses could raise funds to purchase and equip a sizeable medical van seemed impossible. But the Doctor persisted, and today Gennesaret Free Clinic has that medical van, several clinics, over a hundred volunteers, and serves thousands of patients every year.

Sue had a strong faith, but by admitting that she had doubts about securing the funds for the van, she taught me the meaning of Jesus' statement to Peter: "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

In today's Gospel story, Matthew tells us that Jesus walked on water, chastised Peter for having little faith after saving him from drowning and calmed the stormy sea. When the boat landed at Gennesaret, Jesus healed many sick people that had the faith to touch the tassel on his cloak.

May we all have faith to accomplish God's will and be saved from our inequities.

Peace and Blessings,
Deacon John McShea


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