2020-08-0919th Sunday in Ordinary TimeRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

Roger Bannister was a track star at Oxford University in England. He was so good that his coach believed that he could break the 4-minute mile which was something that had never been done.

On the morning of May 8 1954, Robert Bannister looked out the window. It was a cold and windy day. He called his parents and told them to stay home but they came anyway.

Bannister collapsed across the finish line in 3 minutes and 59 seconds.

Nineteen days later an Australian by the name of John Landy did the same thing. This set the stage for a dream race between Landy and Bannister.

In that race John Landy led all the way but then he glanced over his shoulder to see where Bannister was and that was all that Bannister needed to win the race.

There are a lot of similiarities between that story and today`s Gospel. Jesus calls out to Peter to walk on water and Peter does. But once Peter takes his eyes off Jesus, he sinks.

You have heard people say that the only thing left is to pray as if prayer is the last resort. I think that it should be just the opposite.

The first thing I should do is pray. I get myself in trouble when I do not pray. You hear many people say I do not have time for prayer because I am so busy.

When I keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, I can do things in my life that I never dreamed possible.

Believe it or not, when I make time for prayer in my life, I will end up with more time in my day. When I pray to God, God knows that I will be a happier person.

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