Wednesday after Epiphany
The Walking on the Water
Today’s gospel shows us about Jesus’ disciples struggling against a strong wind while Jesus was in the mountain alone praying to God after He dismissed the crowd. Actually, one interpretation is that this Christian community of disciples is in the boat of the Church struggling against the wind of the darkness of sin, abandonment, of God’s absence when in trouble. It seems that in moment like this stormy weather of our faith God is absent, silent, far away and prayers seem not heard. But Jesus is telling us this is a test of our faith; to have a faith that is ready to trust because even in those dark moments God knows what we are going through; that He is near to us and He is not a ghost. So the first thing that we should do is pray. And we should know that:
First, Jesus goes off to pray. After the stunning multiplication of the five loaves and two fishes, Jesus has a sublime lesson to teach us that, all apostolic works are built upon and sustained by that great weapon to reach in every Christian’s hands and heart: prayer. It is because after the day’s work He goes off to pray instead of taking a rest because I’m sure He is tired. He wants to talk to His Father and tell Him all about His day: the crowd, the miracle, His hope in the Apostles’ growing faith. His Father is His source of strength. His Father’s will is His roadmap especially that the outside pressures are increasing like: disbelief, rejection, anger and envy. He sees to it that He has time with His Father. What is our attitude at the end of the day? Do we just make the sign of the cross instead of thanking Him for accompanying us the whole day? We need God.
Second, Jesus is so responsive to prayer no matter how imperfect our prayer is. Like for example, the disciples cried out in fear, thinking they were seeing a ghost. Jesus responds even to their fear and reassures them of his presence and protection. St. Mark carefully adds that, ‘the wind died down when He got into the boat,” (v.51). His presence in our lives calms our fears but we need to call out to be heard, not so much to get His attention as to recognize our need since He will not force Himself on us. Do we expect Him to bless what we do without us crying out to Him in our actions like: trying to do His work, saying a kind word, restraining our impatience and pride, etc…?
At the end let us also reflect these words coming from St. Augustine. He said: “He came treading the waves; and so he puts all the swelling tumults of life under his feet. Christians — why be afraid?” Walking with Christ permits us to conquer the waves which overwhelm us. Contact with him in prayer helps us to find solid ground in the midst of quicksand. The conquering Christ reminds us that no evil is stronger than He that there is no sin or temptation that cannot be put behind us and that there is no setback in health or business or disappointment in a loved one that cannot ultimately become a new good when we walk in cadence with Christ.
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