Daily Reflection for Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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 14:22-26
Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” MT 14:27
“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” MT 14:31
The coronavirus and fear of COVID-19 impacts our whole life. For us, visits back to Pittsburgh to see family, the canceling of the spring and summer symphony concerts, and many other events, including our trip to Italy and the Vatican to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, have all been canceled. Beyond those disappointments, there is the fear of suffering sickness and death or losing a loved one to this plague.
The suspension of public Mass was shocking, and what has been even more difficult was the loss of the Blessed Sacrament. The Act of Spiritual Communion prayer is beautiful, but my heart aches to receive the Body of Christ in person. I thank God that public Mass and the reception of the Holy Eucharist has been restored for those who can attend in person.
Today's Gospel reading contains much of our faith. Jesus went off to pray by himself, which is something he taught us to do. Jesus tells the disciples and us to have courage and not be afraid for he is the Christ. Jesus asks Peter and us why we doubt. The disciples in the boat recognize and proclaim that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. Finally, Jesus heals all who approach him in faith.
Reflection questions for today:
Do I have faith to reach for Jesus' tassel when I am fearful?
Amid this pandemic, can I have courage and faith in Christ?
Love and Blessings,
Deacon John McShea