Father Steven Reilly, LC
When it was
evening, his disciples went down to the sea, embarked
in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum.
It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not
yet come to them. The sea was stirred up
because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed
about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking
on the sea and coming near the boat, and they
began to be afraid. But he said to them,
"It is I. Do not be afraid." They wanted
to take him into the boat, but the boat immediately
arrived at the shore to which they were heading.
Introductory Prayer: I come before you, Lord, poor and
unworthy. Yet you welcome me with such love. With
my effort during this meditation I want to make
a small return on your great kindness.
I never give into my fears, knowing that you are
always at my side.
1. Rough Times: Moments in our
lives can be aptly symbolized by this reading: rough
waters, darkness and little headway. At times the waters
of our soul are stirred up by our unchecked emotions,
our pride or vanity; we lose the sense of
direction and seem to be rowing with futility. Could
it be any other way if Christ is not in
our boat? When we are struggling, we should take
a look at our prayer life. Therein, perhaps, lies
the answer to some of our difficulties.
2. I AM! Jesus’
response to the fear of his disciples is a
majestic word indeed. Translated here as “It is I,”
literally in Greek it is “I am,” the divine name
used by God when speaking to Moses from the
burning bush. It is a name that speaks of presence
and power. God is not watching our travails ineffectually
from afar. He comes to our aid, as he
does to the disciples’ in this story.
3. The Safe Port:
The immediate arrival of the boat to the shore described
in this passage is something very hard to imagine.
For the disciples, it must have been almost like
waking up from a nightmare, going from the danger of
the rough waters in the middle of the sea
to finding themselves already with Christ at the shore.
What might this be telling us? Perhaps that once we
decide to take Christ in our boat, we have,
in a sense, already reached our destination.
Christ: Lord, help me to not to be swept away
by the rough waters of my pride, vanity and
sensuality. When I make no progress, whom do I
have to blame except myself? Yet I trust in your
mercy. Your divine presence reassures me. Lord, never leave
Resolution:I will make a visit to the
Eucharist today to renew my complete trust in Christ.