I laughed when St. Peter's sinking
into the stormy waves
reminded me of learning
To ride a bike.
For my first brief solo flights
without training wheels,
I was fine until I realized
Dad wasn’t holding on anymore.
And then...crash...right into the hedges!
This gospel is wonderful encouragement
as we strive to follow Jesus.
First, encouragement not to lose faith
For it is then we begin to sink.
There’s a point at which
All the books about prayer
Can’t teach us to pray
If we don’t begin to pray
And then stop worrying
If we’re doing it right.
That if we’re heading
In the right direction...toward Jesus
And following his commands
He won’t let us sink.
St. Augustine preached
A wonderful homily
On this gospel
On which we can reflect
After we realize that
Augustine asks us
To make, “Lord, I’m sinking.”
Is not always easy to admit.
But we need not keep
Up a bravado with God -
A false front of security
And calm, even if done
For the sake of others.
God doesn’t require it.
You are not walking on the lake like Peter
but on another sea, for this world is a sea;
Trials its waves, temptations its storms,
and men devouring each other as fishes do.
Don't be afraid, step out stoutly lest you sink.
When the gale blows and the waves rise,
and your weakness makes you fear you will be lost,
cry out, 'Lord, I am sinking,'
and he who bade you walk will not let you perish.
St. Augustine via At The Edge of the Enclosure a wonderful resource for prayerful reflection on Scripture each Sunday.