Today’s Mass Readings

Daily Reading for Tuesday August 3, 2021

Reading 1, Numbers 12:1-13
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 6-7, 12-13
Gospel, Matthew 14:22-36

Reading 1, Numbers 12:1-13

1 Miriam, and Aaron too, criticised Moses over the Cushite woman he had married. He had indeed married a Cushite woman.

2 They said, ‘Is Moses the only one through whom Yahweh has spoken? Has he not spoken through us too?’ Yahweh heard this.

3 Now Moses was extremely humble, the humblest man on earth.

4 Suddenly Yahweh said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, ‘Come out, all three of you, to the Tent of Meeting.’ They went, all three of them,

5 and Yahweh descended in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the Tent. He called Aaron and Miriam and they both came forward.

6 Yahweh said: Listen to my words! if there is a prophet among you, I reveal myself to him in a vision, I speak to him in a dream.

7 Not so with my servant Moses; to him my whole household is entrusted;

8 to him I speak face to face, plainly and not in riddles, and he sees Yahweh’s form. How, then, could you dare to criticise my servant Moses?

9 Yahweh’s anger was aroused by them. He went away,

10 and as soon as the cloud left the Tent, there was Miriam covered with a virulent skin-disease, white as snow! Aaron turned to look at her and saw that she had contracted a virulent skin-disease.

11 Aaron said to Moses: ‘Oh, my Lord, please do not punish us for the sin we have been foolish enough to commit.

12 Do not let her be like some monster with its flesh half eaten away when it leaves its mother’s womb!’

13 Moses pleaded with Yahweh. ‘O God,’ he said, ‘I beg you, please heal her!’

Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 6-7, 12-13

3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in mind.

4 Against you, you alone, I have sinned, I have done what you see to be wrong, that you may show your saving justice when you pass sentence, and your victory may appear when you give judgement,

5 remember, I was born guilty, a sinner from the moment of conception.

6 But you delight in sincerity of heart, and in secret you teach me wisdom.

7 Purify me with hyssop till I am clean, wash me till I am whiter than snow.

12 Give me back the joy of your salvation, sustain in me a generous spirit.

13 I shall teach the wicked your paths, and sinners will return to you.

Gospel, Matthew 14:22-36

22 And at once he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he sent the crowds away.

23 After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,

24 while the boat, by now some furlongs from land, was hard pressed by rough waves, for there was a head-wind.

25 In the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the sea,

26 and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. ‘It is a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, ‘Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.’

28 It was Peter who answered. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.’

29 Jesus said, ‘Come.’ Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water,

30 but then noticing the wind, he took fright and began to sink. ‘Lord,’ he cried, ‘save me!’

31 Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. ‘You have so little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’

32 And as they got into the boat the wind dropped.

33 The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God.’

34 Having made the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.

35 When the local people recognised him they spread the news through the whole neighbourhood and took all that were sick to him,

36 begging him just to let them touch the fringe of his cloak. And all those who touched it were saved.

Numbers 12:1-13; Psalm 51:3-4,5-6ab,6cd-7,12-13; Matthew 14:22-36
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