The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Readings: Genesis 45.1-15; Psalm 133; Romans 11.13-32 (33-36); Matthew 15. 10-28.
This Sunday we will hear again the well known story of Jesus’ – and Peter’s – walking the water. A call to faith. A call to trust.
And – no doubt – a call to look for the perfect-timing God. The disciples are sent ‘to the others side’ by Jesus, battle the evening waves, and meet the prayer-refreshed Christ sometime in the ‘early morning’. They must have thought – like you and I often do – that Jesus timing was significantly off!
Of course, in hindsight they may have thought differently. Did they learn more of what God-trust looks like from this apparent delay? Perhaps.
Peter may also have grown in his trust of Jesus’ timing. It doesn’t take long to drown in a storm. Yet there is Jesus’ hand grasping Peter’s. An unpredicted – but perfect – timing. Only after all this trust-building do they all arrive at ‘the other side’.
May we all learn to trust God in our storms.
This week – as always – we will have services at both St Barnabas (9:00am) and at St Michael’s (11:00am). All are welcome.