Take Courage It Is I

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures

Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Take Courage It Is I

Let this desire for souls burn in all of you. Be not of little faith. Remember what I told you: If you need strong support, say ‘Father, I need Your strong, fatherly support.’ He will extend His strong, fatherly arm. Take courage and grab His arm, not only you, but all those souls that I entrust to you.” (Jesus) (August 8, 1962)

At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to him in reply,
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him,
and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, You walk on the water and You ask us to follow. And we want to come, we really do. Like Peter we ask for a sign and we go forward only to find out that there are waves and wind (world, flesh devil, our own sins) and we begin to sink. Isn’t that just the way it is in the spiritual life. And how many of us just want to give up because we think that it is all up to us and not up to You! And You look on us with love and You chide us for our lack of faith. But then You always extend Your strong fatherly arm and You save us and help us back up so that we can try again. And Lord it is in the trying especially after we sink that Your grace flows like rain to lift us higher so let us come to You with confidence and let us ask for Your providence, protection and salvation not only for ourselves but for all the souls You have entrusted to us!

body of water during golden hour