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Sunday Scripture Reflection: Matthew 14:22-33

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

On this Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, we reflect on the turbulent times experienced by the disciples during a sudden storm at sea. Filled with fear, the disciples encounter Jesus, who is surprisingly (to the disciples!) filled with a presence of calm and confidence. How can Jesus be a presence of the assurance of God's grace and presence to us during difficult times in our lives?

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. Our passage may be found by following the provided link: (Matthew 14:22-33).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • After reading the Scripture lesson, reflect on where you find yourself in the story: do you relate to Peter, who got out of the boat; or do you relate to the other eleven disciples who watched and wondered?

  • Read the “WHAT…” and “WHERE is God…” paragraphs in the study guide below, and then reflect on the disciples’ experience and how it moved them to profess their faith in Jesus; and reflect on how the identity of Jesus was made clearer to them.

  • Read the “SO WHAT…” paragraph in the study guide below, and thinking of Jesus’ call to “step out in faith,” reflect on how you experience Jesus’ presence in times of trouble.

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