August 3, 2020 – 18th Week of Ordinary Time

“Being focused on the Lord at all moments of our life, and experiencing true joy in Him, to truly proclaim: ‘Yeah, Life is fun’”

(Based on Jer 28:1-17 and Mt 14:22-36 – Monday of the 18th Week of Ordinary Time)

Let’s embark with St Peter today on a boat journey…

Over to St Peter now… as he talks to us…

“Life is fun”…
… I hope you agree with me!

And my life certainly is filled with much excitement, twists and turns.

As a fisherman…
… I had my fun going for fishing with my companions
… I would have days when our nets would have a great catch
… I would also have those dry days when fishing was not possible or nothing was caught
… I also had my adventurous days, when the storms would beat wild, and waves would toss

Days were really simple and perhaps even, a little monotonous when I was a mere fisherman…
… till I met…
… the Great Fisherman of Galilee!

The charm of His looks and the depth of His voice had enamoured me!

I have been with Him through many interesting segments of life.

It’s a wonder to be captivated by His deep talks
It’s an honour to witness His awesome wonders
It’s a privilege to be part of His Soul-saving deeds

He’s a Rock!

He’s a Beauty!
He’s a superstar!

I have just been part of one of the most amazing of His deeds, which my friend Matthew describes in his Gospel (Mt 14: 13-21)

Feeding dozens and dozens and dozens of men…
… and women and children with mere five loaves and two fish…
And leaving a dozen of baskets of leftover!

This Man makes me challenge my set-pattern of thinking!

This Man forces me to look at life larger!
This Man entices me to trust in God much more deeply!

I love this Man!

And after this wonderful miracle of food and faith, He has retired to Rest and Relax with the Person He loves the Most – His Father in Heaven!

But we are in here…
The dozen of us, in this rickety boat
… struggling against the waves and storms!

How much these storms and waves resemble the occasional difficulties and hazards of our lives!

And as we are struggling…we are awestruck by a figure moving over the waters…

Our natural instincts make us fearful…

We can’t see any figure beyond a ghost in it…

But then, my ears hear the same impactful voice…
… of the Man I love: “Courage! Do not Fear! It is I!”

His voice is magical

His voice is assuring!

And I am drawn to Him…..more and more…
… every time!

I bid Him to help me to walk with Him on the water!

My companions mock me…
… Perhaps generations after me, will also fool me…

But I don’t care…
I love this Man…

I love to walk with Him…

And I don’t mind even if it is on the waters!
And yeah… I take my first steps…

Walking towards Him…
… towards the Man I love…!

Wow!
Am walking on water!

Can you believe it?

It’s amazing…but in a few moments…
… I too find it hard to believe it!

And I lose my gaze…..

I lose the gaze on the Man whom I love…
… and the waves of worldly fears rock my body….

I lose heart…
I lose balance…

“HELP ME LORD!”

And there comes His saving Hand…
… and His gentle chide: “Man, Why do you doubt!”

Oh, once again, the same deep voice…
… Which saves!
… Which rescues!

The Son of God….and I love this Man!

Life in Him is about walking…
… looking at Him

Life in Him is about taking the risks…
… looking at Him

Life in Him is about growing constantly in our faith and trust…
…looking at Him!

Life in Him is about knowing that He is with us in the storms of life…
… and yet remain constantly, looking at Him

Yeah, “Life is fun”
… I hope you agree with me!”

God Bless! Live Jesus!


Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “In all your affairs, lean solely on God’s Providence, by means of which alone, your plans can succeed.

Meanwhile, on your part, work on in quiet co-operation with Him…
… and then rest satisfied that if you have trusted entirely to Him you will always obtain such a measure of success as is most profitable for you…
… whether it seems so or not to your own individual judgment!”


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