In this stormy scene from today’s Gospel, it’s worth reflecting
upon the personalities involved in the episode. First, there is Jesus.
With divine insight he’s aware that his apostles are in real trouble in the
storm on the lake. He wants to be with them and protect them.
Since he is God, he’s perfectly capable of walking on the water to get to
them. It’s useless to quibble about what, why and how this walking
was accomplished. The real message is that he was not going to let anything
disastrous happen to them.
Then there is Simon Peter. Always the impulsive one, he asks the Lord
to invite him to come walking on the water. Is he testing Jesus to
know whether he’s real or a ghost? Or is he tempting Jesus to allow
him to do something miraculous? Hard telling. But obviously on
his own he’s going to sink. And that’s exactly what he starts to do.
So he cries out: “Lord save me!” and lunges for Christ to hold him up.
The point again is to realize in times of crisis, if we put our trust in
the Lord; he will be there to save us. Not always according to our wishes,
but in regard to what is best for us.
And the other apostles must have just clung to the boat in panic and awe
at all that was transpiring. Imagine their reaction as the winds and
waves instantaneously subsided and the boat rocked to a perfect calm.
Was the purpose of Christ’s miracle to build up their faith? It certainly
was what got accomplished. We’re told, “Those who were in the boat
showed him homage, saying, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God.’”
Had we been there in the storm, do you think Jesus’ words would have been
meant for us also? “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Pause
to think of the many examples in the Scriptures where our Lord came to the
rescue of those he loved. Why is it we find it so difficult to trust
that Jesus is with us in our every need and crisis?