St. Michael Prayer
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do, thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into hell satan and all of the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Glory to God in the Highest!
Glory to God in the Highest!
Monday, September 30, 2013
Walking on Water
The crowds had been large. The group needed to travel to the other side of the lake to minister to the people in other towns. They had a boat, so Jesus sent His men on ahead to be ready for the crowds who would be gathering there in the morning. Jesus continued His ministry with the people and slowly sent them away. Since Jesus was so tired when His children had gone to their homes, He went up on the mountain to pray. He knew He would be refreshed when He began His journey to the other side of the lake.
As the Apostles continued on their journey across the lake, the winds began to blow. Seasoned sailors, they made adjustments as they steered across the lake. It was late into the night.
"Peter," said Matthew, " Do you think he'll be there?"
Peter replied, "The Master said that He would be there, and He will."
"How is He getting there?" John asked.
"I don't know," said Peter, "But He will. He promised. The Master does not go back on His promises."
The waves began to crash on the deck. The Apostles were getting soaked as they tried to steer the boat in the storm. The boat was taking on water. "If the Master were here..." Thomas began. Peter cut him off, "The Master is not here, so we have to steer the boat." Peter was sounding angry.
The men were working hard to stay afloat. In the distance, they saw a light coming towards them. "Peter," shouted Judas, "What is that?"
"How should I know!" shouted Peter. He truly did not like Judas, but the Master had called Judas to walk with them. "Steer the boat! Steer the boat!"
The light grew brighter as it came closer to them. They could make out the figure of a man in the light. "It's a ghost! It's a ghost!" Great fear began to overtake them. The men began to panic. The waves seemed to be even higher than before. "It's a ghost!" Then they heard the Master's calm voice in the heart of the storm, "It is I." He said it again, "It is I."
Peter, soaked to the bone from the storm, shouted back to Jesus in the storm, "Master, if it is truly You, allow me to come to You." Jesus, very calmly said, "Come."
Peter, shaking from cold and fear, looked at the other Apostles whose eyes were filled with fear. He could not retreat now. He even thought he felt someone push him towards the edge of the boat. He stood on the edge and jumped into the water. Peter fully expected to sink into the water, but he didn't. He stayed on the water. Filled with even more fear, Peter looked at the waves crashing into the boat. He took one step forward towards the Master. He took another step on the water. He could hear the men into the boat gasp as he began to walk on the water. The Master stood where He was holding a welcoming hand out to Peter. Then Peter saw the waves. They were bigger than he was, and he felt more fear than he had ever known before. He took a step forward, but he began to sink into the black, murky water.
"Lord," screamed Peter, "Save me!"
The Master leaned forward and helped him up with His Hands. "Oh, you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
The Master and Peter got into the boat. Immediately, the storm calmed. The waves no longer broke over the boat. The sea suddenly reflected the moon as if the sea were crystal. In the distance, the sky was beginning to lighten.
The men in the boat began to worship their King.
"Truly," they exclaimed, "You are the Son of God!"