The use of miracles like walking on water and multiplying loaves in an effort to draw us to profound truths excites me to know end.
We all remember this story. Why?
Because Christ walks on water for cryin’ out loud!
From the first reading:
There is no fear in love,
but perfect love drives out fear
because fear has to do with punishment,
and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.
From the Gospel reading;
They had all seen him and were terrified.
But at once he spoke with them,
“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
He got into the boat with them and the wind died down.
They were completely astounded.
They had not understood the incident of the loaves…
On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.
The disciples had been sent ahead while Christ dismissed the crowd that they had just fed. I’m sure they were not pleased about giving away all of there food. They were concerned about the weather, and now they thought they had seen a ghost.
So, they were a little bit resentful, scared and worst of all, did not recognize Christ when they saw Him.
This sounds like every day for me. 😉
It all boils down to fear. They were afraid. We all are. And fear closes our minds and opens the floodgates of mistrust, jealousy, greed etc. etc.
Remember, Christ will always ‘get in the boat with us’. Everything will calm down.
It’s not about walking on water – It’s about walking with Christ. Knowing Him and His works when we see them will remove fear from our lives and allow us to accomplish all that he has in store for us.