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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew 14,22-36

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And as they got into the boat the wind dropped.

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

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

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

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


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

After the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, Jesus invites the disciples to board the boat and go ahead of him to the other shore while he sends the crowd away. Finally, after everyone has gone (the crowd and the disciples), Jesus climbs up the mountain alone to pray. This scene is often seen in the Gospels (it clearly made a great impression on the disciples and the first Christian community). As the boat is crossing the lake, a storm blows up. The evangelist seems to suggest that without Jesus, it is easy for the winds and storms to blow. And in any case, night, every night, is always full of fear. But dawn comes. And while the sun is rising, Jesus comes towards the disciples, walking on the water. The disciples’ fear confuses their thoughts and eyes, and they think he is a ghost. Jesus speaks to them directly: "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid!" And he immediately answers Peter’s prayer and says: "Come!" Perhaps Peter recognizes the voice from the first time he met Jesus on the shores of that same lake, and once again he quickly leaves the boat and the nets and goes towards Jesus. And he too walks on the water. A trusting and immediate response to the Lord’s call always creates miracles. But then the doubts come, and Peter sinks. Once more, his prayer rises up to the Lord, and Jesus takes the poor Peter by the hand. What counts is never leaving the Lord and always following his voice.