Tue, August 3, 2021

Mt 14, 22-36

Then he made the disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone. Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.

During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. "It is a ghost," they said, and they cried out in fear.

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?" After they got into the boat, the wind died down. Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, "Truly, you are the Son of God." After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret. When the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought to him all those who were sick and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.


Why does sustainability require "subsidiarity"?

Without the principle of subsidiarity, sustainable development would lack its organizational centerpiece: what can be accomplished by a smaller organization should be done by that organization. It does not have to be regulated and organized from above. Ecology is easily misused as a way of demanding more State action, more regulations, and more centralization, instead of promoting structures of freedom and adaptation to the socio-cultural and natural environments in each particular case.
I am convinced that there is an area in the life of every Christian where God calls us to do something special with him, something we could never do without him. But it is up to us whether this actually takes place. Because here is the problem with the whole thing: If you want to walk on water, you first have to get out of the boat.
Christoph Kreitz

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