Saturday, 9 August 2014

Walking on water

A reflection of this week's gospel:
Matthew 14:22-33
Jesus Walks on the Water
Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Like the disciples
When we are tired and weary
and out of sorts
the last thing we need
is to be confronted
with our Lord
approaching us on water.
In the midst of a storm
we long for calm
not more high jinks
We batten down the hatches
retreat into ourselves
admiring those who launch themselves
into the waves
But happy to sit back
and watch
and smile with satisfaction
as their efforts
are swamped
Content to allow the miracles
unfolding all around us
to become submerged
in the complexities of life.
We long to be brave enough
to step out of the boat
But we settle for the comfort
of the turmoil we know.
While Jesus invites us
to throw caution to the wind
to let go
and plunge in
knowing the safety
of his steadying hand.
The one who commands the elements
invites us to walk on water

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