In the Bible we find texts and stories of all kinds and genres. This Sunday is the turn of the horror stories (almost). A group of twelve men, set out to cross the Sea of Galilee one evening in a little boat. As they struggle to make progress against the wind, the night overtakes them enwrapping them in complete darkness. Even the expertise of fishermen seems to be of no use. As time passes the wind becomes fiercer and the waves toss the boat up and down. Then in the middle of the night, out of the dark, the figure of a man appears in the distance and makes its way towards them. Who knows what kind of strange creatures live in the depths of those waters? Who knows if the stories of ghosts and paranormal phenomena are in fact true? They can do nothing other than panic and scream in terror.
When the ghost finally reaches the boat, he speaks to them over the roar or the sea and the wind: “Courage! It's me! Don't be afraid.” It is Jesus! What a relieve! But before anyone can ask him for help, Peter asks to be able to walk on the water as well, leaving everyone else bewildered. Peter doesn’t want the storm to finish, he wants to control it. He is convinced he has the faith, the knowledge, the expertise, the emotional strength to do it… But he doesn’t, and he sinks. So, Jesus takes him by the hand and helps him into the boat, at which moment the wind drops.
Story over? Not quite, because the real storm has just started, but his time deep in the hearts of those men, shaking everything they knew until then. What did just happen? What does this all mean? Why did we fail so badly? Why didn’t we trust in God better? Who is this Jesus of Nazareth who can multiply food, walk on the water and has power over the elements? That is, in fact, the real storm that the Gospel will calm as it unfolds and they learn more about themselves, God and His plan.
This story might not be remembered as the scariest story of all times, after all, but it will certainly be remembered as the story that helps us make sense and expel all the bouts, the shame and the failures that agitate our heart. As we come to acknowledge Jesus as God and saviour and accept that we are mere fragile humans, things start falling into place.
Fr Daniel Herrero Pena
Our condolences to Martin Lucas and family on the death of his mother Terri. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
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The gestures and words are familiar to any Catholic. They are used at every Mass. They were used at the last supper. He took the bread…blessed it…broke it … and gave it to them. The celebration of the Mass, the Eucharist would be nothing but a romantic or aesthetic sensation if we forget that at the heart of it is the self-giving of Jesus. The sacrifice of yourself for others is the single foundation of every Community, Family or Household. Unite yourself with the Lord, then in a fruitful and acceptable offering for the life of the world. Each day at Mass we are nourished at the Lords table and filled with His riches. So be ready to break the bread of your life. The first reading toady contains an invitation, addressed to the exiles in Babylon, to come to the banquet. the banquet stands for the life of love and friendship God wishes to share with his people.
As we enter into August many of you are or hoping to travel. To find rest, refreshment, and healing. The people in the gospel passage today (Matthew 14:13-21), followed Jesus to a lonely place in order to listen to his words to seek healing. I hope you find some solace, rest and refreshment in these strange Covid August days. The invitation of the Lord to come aside and rest, to be refreshed by him in the Eucharist, the Holy Mass is always offered to us.
We would like to thank all those who have sent their condolences, Mass cards and letters of sympathy following the death and funeral of Fr Freddie Jackson. We and Fr Freddie's family have been incredibly touched by your kindness and remembrance of Fr Freddie.
We take this opportunity to extend our condolences to David Ko and his family for the loss his father Michael Ko.