Fear and anxiety among people are some of the consequences that these pandemic and crisis have brought the world now. Many are confused and worried of what might be in the coming days and weeks. Engulfed by anxiety, people aren’t really sure what to do next. Looking back in their time, take the context of the disciples and imagine how they were in today’s Gospel proclamation (Mt. 14: 22-33). They were in the boat, a few miles offshore, after Jesus made them get into it and precede to the other side, while He went to the mountain by Himself to pray:
The boat “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.”
The Church is traditionally symbolized by a boat, the faithful are inside it, while the lake is the world. Peter, the leader of the disciples said,
“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!”
What a timely reading for these times! In the present time with the desperation that we’re in, how about if we all rush back to Jesus and tell Him “Lord, save us!”, do you think He will not stretch out his hand and tell us, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
In my personal experience when intimacy with Jesus is at a high, I get to do great things. Doing and achieving desired results with my team become easy and I feel endowed with power like as if we’re superheroes. However, when any of us let it get into our heads, get distracted and lose focus; the team slips back into mediocrity.
Today’s Gospel makes the disciples see that faith in Jesus Christ can make them do the work that the Lord has done. Peter was able to walk in the water, but when he fixed his eyes elsewhere, he gets distracted and fears and doubts make him falter. Peter eventually grew in faith that made everyone see that true Christian ministry emerges from the faith that Jesus Christ is the True Messiah, God’s only begotten Son.
Let us reflect on what the Lord is telling us today. It may seem overwhelming but let us be filled with the thought that nothing is impossible with God.
Let us pray that our leaders put their faith in God knowing that if we hold strong in our faith the Master of the Universe will fill us with grace in ways that we can never imagine. Let us pray for humility so that we get to say, “Lord, save us!”
“Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.” (cf. Ps. 85: 9)