Thursday, August 7, 2014
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
Our Gospel for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time brings us to the sea. Jesus invited Peter to walk on water to come to him. Peter believed he would be able to do that and he stepped out of the boat to join Jesus. As long as he looked to Jesus, he walked on the water. When he focused on the strong winds and the waves, he sank. He looked to Jesus for help and Jesus' hand brought him to safety. He knew that Jesus had the power to save him and he did just that.
We celebrate with our Jubilarians who, like Peter, took a risk to follow the Lord. They left the security of their homes and all that was familiar to them to step out and join Jesus.
In good times and not so good times, they have tried to keep their focus on the Lord. In the storms of life and the calm moments, they have given their all. They, like Peter, know that Jesus has taken them by the hand through all the experiences of their lives. They also know that Jesus continues to walk with them as they journey through this life.
Let us thank our God for these women who have served God's people and have given us all a wonderful example of faith, dedication and selfless love!
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