Since April 2020, I have been jointly hosting a shared Lectio group on Tuesday evenings. The following are my reflections only, during the prayer session and as I wrote them up. Please see my separate commentary and leaflet for more information about shared Lectio, and here is the whole collection of reflections…
Gospel reading: Matthew 14.22–27 [28-end]
Words: battered … take heart
I reflect on the three-fold comfort of ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Ego eimi means I am, so… ‘Take heart, I am; do not be afraid.’ All things are in my hands. I got you.
‘Take heart’ – I am with you as you struggle up the mountain.
‘I am’ – I am with you on the mountain top of encounter (see also v23 and the Feast of the Transfiguration in two days’ time).
‘Do not be afraid’ – I am with you as you descend the mountain to an uncertain future.