Local Homilies

3RD AUGUST 2021
Numbers 12:1-13; Psalm 51:3-4,5-6ab,6cd-7,12-13; Matthew 14:22-36
THE LORD’S COMMAND AND THE FAITH OF PETER 
St. Augustine has this to say, “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”
▪When Peter found out that it was the Lord, he said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water,” (c.f. Matthew 14:28). At this request, Peter showed that with God all things are possible, (19:26). He believed in a possibility of an ordinary mortal walking on water, and that was granted him by the command of the Lord.
~ It was the Lord’s command and his faith that kept him on the water. When he lost his faith, he went down under water. What made him lose his faith? He began thinking of all the impossibilities, the reward of doubt brought him under the water.
~ Faith keeps us on top of our challenges; doubt keeps us under our challenges. It is not just faith, but faith in obedience to the command of the Lord. If Peter had just faith and decides to walk on the water, he will start sinking from the moment his feet touched the water.
▪Many have in the bid to show that they have faith, taken laws into their hands without waiting for the Lord’s command. If we have faith, it is a step towards overcoming the obstacles. Peter was moving in the direction of the Lord; faith ought to lead us in the direction of the Lord and not against the Lord’s command.
~ Do not take the Lord’s command for granted; His command directs us where to manifest our faith. He came to Peter’s rescue when he lost sight of His command. He called Peter a man of little faith. Do we have faith to dare? Faith is not just about taking risks, it is all about obeying God’s commands, even when they appear risky.
~ Those who doubt the power of God, go down under their challenges. Like Peter, may we ask the Lord to command us to do the impossible. If He does not want us to move yet, may we be patient with Him. Once we receive His orders, we can step forward without being overwhelmed.
▪Dear friend, the Lord is commanding us as He commanded Peter, to come to Him. He has assured of safety as long as we believe in Him, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid”. With this courage, may we move on to where He is calling us. May our faith keep us above of the impossible. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
Have a fruitful day and may God bless you
Fr Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam