“…they all saw him, and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; have no fear.’” (Mark 6:50)
Back then in school, nothing gave us more joy than opening the question paper on the day of examinations only to find that the questions are far easier than we expected. As humans, we like everything made simple but sometimes, God teaches us in the hard way. How come Jesus did not command the waves to be still when He noticed the winds were against the disciples and they were frightened? Why did Jesus have to walk on that very water that was terribly troubled? Jesus wanted to teach His disciples a lesson; Trust!
When we face real troubles and difficulties in life; when things do not go as we planned; when we are tossed from all sides by the waves of disappointments, falsehood, failures, betrayals, setbacks etc.; when we are scared to the point of having sleepless nights, God comes to us walking on water asking: “Do you trust me?” Sometimes, God allows us to go through the valley of the shadow of darkness just to let us know that even in the thick of darkness, even amid all the commotion and turbulence, He remains Lord and Ruler of the World. By walking on water, Jesus was saying: “no matter how tough your situation may be, it is not beyond me because I am on top of it.”
In today’s first reading, St. John says: “In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence.” “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.” (1 John 4:17-18). Never forget these words of Jesus to his disciples when he came to them walking on water: “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.”
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, I cast all my burdens upon you knowing that even on troubled waters, you still walk gallantly. Amen.
Bible Study: 1st John 4:11-18, Psalm 72 and Mark 6:45-52).