Tuesday 7 August

Today is Tuesday the 7th of August, in the 18th week of ordinary time The Chamber Orchestra of London, directed by Alistair King play a setting of Psalm 46, God is our refuge and strength: a help in the trials that would crush us. So we will not be afraid... when the earth heaves, and the mountains are thrown into the depths of the seas. As you enter into prayer today, ask yourself what you are afraid of. Can you hear the words of Jesus? Do not be afraid. Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew Jesus very often says to his followers “do not be afraid”. There are a hundred reasons every day to be afraid. But Jesus assures us that he is always present – no matter how terrifying the circumstances or desperate the situation. Can I listen to those words of reassurance and really hear them? Can you imagine what it was like to be part of this story? Spend a moment imagining it – the darkness, the sea, the wind, the noises, even the smells. What must it have felt like to be there? Now imagine yourself there, as Peter or one of the others in the boat, as the story is retold. Allow the scene to continue, to unfold, as you sit in the boat with Jesus after the wind has dropped. What do have to say to each other?