The Good News for the Day, August 8, 2017
Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time (409)
Jesus told His followers to get into a boat and go on ahead of him to the other side of the sea—while he would get the crowd to leave. Once he did that, though, he went alone up a high place for prayer. When evening came, he was there by himself. The boat, meanwhile, already some distance offshore, was being tossed around by the waves—the wind being against it. In the early hours of the morning, Jesus was coming toward them, walking on the sea! When His followers saw him walking on the sea they were scared. “It is a ghost,” they said; they were screaming in fear. Right away, Jesus spoke to them, “Be brave; it’s me; don’t be scared!” Peter answered, “Sir, if it is you, call me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter left the boat and started walking on the sea toward Jesus. When he suddenly realized how the wind was so strong, he became afraid; on starting to sink, he yelled, “Sir, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, caught him, and said to him, “How little is your faith. Why did you doubt?” After they got into the boat, the wind settled down. Those who were in the boat acknowledged his mastery, saying, “YES! You really are THE Child of God.” Once they got across, they came to shore at Gennesaret. When the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding countryside. People brought to him all those anybody who was sick; they begged him that they might touch just the edge of his cloak. As many as touched it were healed. (Matthew 14)
This is quite an exotic miracle—one whose familiarity may lessen its impact. It seems that the point is the Surprise! You never know how and when the Child of God—your brother or sister will turn up and reveal Himself to you.
He may show up in the middle of a storm. Or in the privacy of prayer. He may come as a stranger who says something you just now need to hear. It may be a friend who says something familiar—and insight comes. The point is to see—to believe—no matter what. Peter is our model. He is always messing up—serving as our example in humility, failure and growth in faith.