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Reflection on Sunday August 9, 2020 Gospel Matthew ~ 14:22-33
The wind and waves beat against the disciple’s boat and they were nearly drowned. It is a good symbol for so many personal situations that we have to face from time to time in our own lives. Who among us does not experience difficulties? Who among us is not sometimes full of fear, just like the disciples? In any case, if we doubt like Peter and ask Christ to make us walk on water as proof, we must also learn from Peter to say, “Lord, save me!”
Jesus performed an exceptional miracle that night by strengthening Peter’s faith by making him walk on water. The boat the others were navigating represents the Church of every age: always threatened by contrary winds and faced with many fears but sustained by another great miracle: the Word of Christ. “Do not be afraid! It is I!” Sometimes we lack faith and begin to doubt, just like Peter. It is not because we do not know Christ. It is because we do not love him enough. “It is not about understanding God; it is about loving Him.”
God’s plans for us will only become reality inasmuch as we have faith. Faith is the motor of our life. The greatest error for a Christian is fear, lack of trust, and lack of faith in the power of the Lord. Faith does not open up easy paths for us. Rather, faith allows us to walk in the midst of darkness, through many obstacles, with the same problems that the rest of the world faces. Through all this, though, faith gives us one certainty: a hand that holds us up, just like it held up Peter, not to lead us to the shore, but to help us weather the storm. Faith does not excuse us from the weary lot of mankind, nor does it eliminate our responsibilities in life. It does not make the climb any easier – it just shows the meaning of the mountain.
Today Jesus walks to us in the midst of the storm of our daily lives. With Him at our side we have nothing to fear: Take courage, it is I! Do not be afraid! St. Ambrose comments on this passage: “If a wolf attacks, pick up a rock to throw and the wolf will flee right away. Your rock is Christ. If you take refuge in Christ the wolf will flee and will not be able to scare you or threaten you. This is the rock that Peter sought when he doubted in the midst of the waves, and he found it when he held on firmly to Christ.” Today, as Christ, through the Celebration of the Eucharist, comes to us once again across in the stormy seas of our concerns, worries, and weaknesses, let's welcome him with strong faith, and let's promise to keep welcoming him, to keep gazing upon him, as we walk with Peter the stormy waters in faith.