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Adore the Lord, says Pope Francis, as did the disciples on the boat

August 11, 2014

During his August 10 Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel reading at Mass (Mt. 14:22-33), in which Peter walked on water.

“The faithful and immediate response to the call of the Lord always does extraordinary things,” the Pope said. “Jesus himself would say that we are capable of doing miracles with our faith, faith in Him, faith in His word, faith in His voice! Instead, Peter begins to sink in the moment in which he looks away from Jesus and is swept by the adversities that surround him. But the Lord is always there, and when Peter calls on Him, Jesus saves him from danger.”

“In the person of Peter, with his impulses and his weaknesses, our faith is described: always fragile and poor, restless and yet victorious, Christian faith walks to meet the risen Lord, in the midst of storms and the dangers of the world,” the Pope continued.

When Christ went to the boat, the disciples “all little and frightened, become great in the moment in which they throw themselves on their knees and recognize in their master the Son of God … This is an effective image of the Church: a boat that must confront the storms and that sometimes seems on the verge of being overwhelmed. What saves it is not the quality and courage of its men, but the faith, that allows to walk in the darkness, in the midst of difficulties.”

“We are all on this boat, and here we feel secure despite out limits and our weaknesses,” he concluded. “We are safe above all when we know when to kneel and adore Jesus. Adore Jesus, who is the only Lord of our life. For this we always call upon our Mother, Our Lady. To her, we turn with confidence.”


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