This week, we're wondering about the Gospel lesson: Matthew 14:22-33
It was late in the day, on a mountainside by a lake, with Jesus, his disciples, and over 5000 people who had come there to be with Jesus. Supper had just finished. Jesus had told his disciples to feed the crowd, and they had just served all those people their dinner from a basket of two fish and five loaves of bread, blessed by Jesus - a miracle! The disciples picked up all the leftovers, twelve baskets full.
Then Jesus told his friends to head back home without him, to go on their boat on the lake. He told the crowds of people that it was time for them to go home, too - and they walked home the long way, on land. Everyone except Jesus left. Jesus stayed; at last, he was alone to pray - he had waited all day for this! Jesus went up the mountain by himself, and prayed all night.
Meanwhile, his friends, the disciples, out on the lake, were having trouble in their boat, because of stormy weather. Their boat was was far out from land, and the wind was whipping against them.
Early in the morning, the disciples saw someone coming toward their boat, out there in the middle of the stormy lake - walking on the water! They were very afraid, and they cried out, "It's a ghost!"
It was Jesus! He spoke to them. He told them, "It is I; don't be afraid."
Jesus' friend Peter called out, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." And Jesus said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus.
But the strong wind distracted and frightened Peter, and instead of walking on the water, he started to sink. Peter cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’
When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And his friends in the boat worshiped Jesus, saying, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God.’