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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 11, 2017

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SATURDAY, November 11

Matthew 14:29b So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus.

Jesus urges us to do incredible, impossible things. Love our inconsiderate neighbor. Forgive the drunk driver who hurt our spouse. Give the shirt off our back to the guy who just stole our shoes. Feed the hungry. All of them. It’s like he wants us to walk on water.

Actually, Jesus does want us to walk on water. And he wants us to understand a crucial point about water-walking. We don’t walk on water under our own power. Walking on water doesn’t come naturally. We have to learn how to do it through repeated trial and error. If you’re going to walk on water, you’re going to sink from time to time. Only Jesus walks on water perfectly.

To be sure, it takes faith and courage to get out of the boat. But sinking—especially sinking when others can see you—is both frightening and humiliating. In a fit of shame, we might momentarily prefer taking a deep breath of seawater and going under for the last time. Admitting our limitations and facing others’ snark or criticism can be unpleasant. Reaching out to Jesus and getting back on the water to take the next step calls forth another, deeper level of courage.

MOVING FORWARD: What are you afraid of? Pray today for strength and courage to take the next step.

PRAY for the Diocese of Udi (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Martin, Bishop of Tours, 397.

Ps 75, 76 * 23, 27 | Ezra 9:1-15 | Revelation 17:1-14 | Matthew 14:22-36



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