Presentation Ministries
 Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Small Christian
Audio & Video
Bible College

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 28, Issue 5

<< Tuesday, August 7, 2012 >> Pope St. Sixtus II
St. Cajetan

Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22
View Readings
Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23 Matthew 14:22-36
Similar Reflections


"Jesus at once stretched out His hand and caught him." —Matthew 14:31

When my children were just learning to swim, I would have them hold onto the side of the pool. Then I would back up a few steps and hold my arms out toward them, calling them to swim to me. We would repeat this many times, and I would sometimes step a few inches farther back to get them to swim longer and build their confidence. But sometimes they would panic and begin to sink. It was easy to stretch out my hands and catch them each time. I would constantly reassure them, "Don't worry! Daddy's right here. I won't let you sink."

When Peter "began to sink" (Mt 14:30), either Jesus stretched His arm a miraculous length to catch him, or Peter was closer to Jesus than he realized. Whatever the case, Peter was like my tentative children. They trusted me, and Peter trusted Jesus, but they both had to grow in trust. Thus, Jesus commented to Peter, "How little faith you have!...Why did you falter?" (Mt 14:31)

If a parent can test and "stretch" their children to help them grow stronger, how much more will the Lord, "the Tester of our hearts" (1 Thes 2:4), stretch us! Yet He is always near us (Ps 145:18), within arm's length. His arm is never too short to save us (Is 50:2). As we follow Him daily, let us keep in mind that sometimes Jesus steps a few inches farther back so we can grow in strength and faith. He wants us to go the distance, not to sink in fear. Therefore, walk on water (Mt 14:29), witness in power, and bear much fruit (Jn 15:8). "Do not be afraid!" (Mt 14:27)

Prayer: Jesus, in You I have strength for everything (Phil 4:13).
Promise: "You shall be My people, and I will be your God." —Jer 30:22
Praise: St. Cajetan wrote: "Do not waver...He will always be near you whatever your needs."
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from August 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 30, 2012.
The Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 28, Issue 5
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Letter to Readers
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · RSS FeedRSS Feed
  · eBook Edition
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend



Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
  ·   Small Christian
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer

Copyright © 2016 Presentation Ministries.
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy