Reflection on the Gospel-19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 14:22-33)

The church knows metaphorically what it means to be ‘battered by the waves’. Over its two millennia history, there have been periods of discrimination and persecution against its members. Countless church members have died for their faith, while others have been denied the freedom to practice their religion. There have also been times when the church has fallen far short of its own ideals and has quite seriously betrayed the gospel values it seeks to embody and proclaim. It is presently ‘battered’ by huge even terrifying waves, largely of its own creating. Only God can bring order out of the chaos, and God works through the courageous hearts and hands of faith-filled disciples.