Why Did You Doubt?

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At the end of today's first reading from Jeremiah 30, we see the renewal of the covenant between God and his people. "You shall be my people and I will be your God."

In the Gospel reading from Matthew 14, we read the story about Jesus walking on the water during a storm. Peter asks Jesus to command that he come to him on the water. Jesus does, and Peter jumps out of the boat and begins walking on the water. Then he begins to doubt, and begins to sink. Jesus saves him and says, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Doubt. It can be a real problem for us. Doubt is kind of the anti-faith. And it would be easy for us to point fingers at Peter. Peter doubted that he could walk on water at the command of Jesus. I get it. Reading these passages makes me feel very close to Peter. Because I, too, am filled with doubt. My prayer is that I can wind up like Peter. As I draw closer to God, the doubt will fall away like the scales from St. Paul’s eyes.

Father, forgive us for the times that we doubt your love, your grace, your power. May our doubts become a distant memory as we embrace Jesus more fully. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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