April 9, 2016
Saturday of the first week after Easter
The good news for the Day
That evening, people close to Jesus went down to the edge of the Sea of Galilee, boarded a boat, and started back to Capernaum. (It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not come with them.) The sea got rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed some three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be upset. But He said to them, “It IS Me! Don’t be afraid.” They wanted to take him into the boat, but the boat just then arrived at the shore where they were going. (John 6, 16-21)
Jesus walks on water. One of the most familiar scenes from the Gospel—the point is not to awe you into belief with a freaky behavior, but to teach and inspire your heart towards “Infinite Life.
We have different versions of this incident—Peter trying to walk on water, for instance, but lacking faith. BUT we are not meant to be spectators, viewers of a history class, mere admirers of some astonishing scene.
Where are you in this scene? The boat? It is a dark and stormy night, the waves crashing, the wind blowing, the oars making no headway. You are soaking wet, you see Jesus through the pelting rain. There? There! You are just amazed! Where did he come from? How did He get here? It’s crazy!
Through the heavy downpour, towards the rocking boat comes the voice, booming out, “It’s all right. It is me.” Somehow—right there is the point. Jesus comes in your storms, to your wildly rocking boat—but vaguely, you aren’t sure it’s him. And your boat scrapes against the sand.
You accept it’s Him—He’s here! And you get it! He is there, however much shrouded in storm. He is with you. You don’t see him too well, but it is—IS–Him. It is His Presence that counts, the community, the goodness.