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TEXT : “But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” - Matthew 8:27

COMMENT: Jesus Christ taught us by practical example not to be moved by tempests brought by the devil though fearsome they may be. On one occasion while he (Jesus Christ) and his apostles were crossing the sea in a boat there arose a great tempest insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. His disciples were frightened and so woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us: we perish”. The Lord first of all rebuked their lack of faith saying “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” Then to the great amazement of the disciples, he rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. (Matthew 8:23-27) At another time, St. Peter followed Jesus Christ and walked on the sea. The laws of gravitation were suspended, by the power of God based on his faith. “But when he saw the winds boisterous, he was afraid” and began to sink. Jesus Christ in saving him said “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Some believers and new converts generally, because of their faith, are zealous and fervent in spirit.  They are thus able to walk on the sea, doing seemingly impossible things by the power of God because of their faith.  But after a while, when the winds from the devil create storms and the waves begin to lash at them repeatedly, they begin to doubt and to be fearful.  The laws of gravity will as it were take its course, and they will begin to sink.  Let us all pray to always have the strength to cry out to the Lord to save us lest we perish.

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