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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 14,22-36. After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side of the sea, while he …More
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 14,22-36.
After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side of the sea, while he dismissed the crowds.
After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone.
Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. "It is a ghost," they said, and they cried out in fear.
At once (Jesus) spoke to them, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."
Peter said to him in reply, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water."
He said, "Come." Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how (strong) the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, "Truly, you are the Son of God."
After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.
When the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought to him all those who were sick
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.

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Saint Augustine (354-430)

Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
Appendix no. 192 , attributed sermon; PL 39, 2100

"Command me to come to you on the water"
When Peter courageously moves across the sea, his feet are unsteady but his love grows strong (…); his feet sink down but he clings to the Christ's hand. Faith upholds him so long as he feels the waves making way. Troubled by the storm, he takes heart in his love for the Savior. Peter walks across the sea borne up more by love than by his feet. (…) He pays no attention to what his feet are treading on; all he sees are the footprints of him whom he loves. He saw his Lord from his position of safety in the boat and, led by love, climbed down into the sea. He no longer sees the sea but Jesus alone. But no sooner is he troubled by the strength of the wind and overcome by the storm than fear begins to overshadow his faith (…), the water vanishes from beneath his feet. Faith weakens and the water with it. Then he cries out: “Lord, save me!” And at once Jesus, stretching out his hand, saves him and says: “O man of little faith, why did you doubt? Is your faith so small that you were unable to press on towards me? Why didn't you have sufficient faith to reach your end by relying on it? From now on keep this in mind: that it was only this faith that was holding you up above the waves.” And so, my brethren, Peter doubts for an instant; he is about to drown; but he is saved by calling on the Lord. (…) Now, this world is a sea whose waves are stirred up by the devil and where temptations increase the number of shipwrecks. We can only be saved by calling on the Lord who reaches out his hand to catch us. So let us continually cry out to him.