Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” 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, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. After the people of that place recognized him, they sent word throughout the region and brought all who were sick to him, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Do you ever vent to God in prayer? Both the ancient Israelites and the disciples of Jesus seem to have this prayer perfected.
Most grumbling is based on fear. Jesus hears the fear and the grumbling of his disciples as the waves toss their boat around. Imagine Jesus walking on the high sea and the disciples seeing him out there! Is it any wonder they were afraid? Peter even doubts that it could be Jesus and puts him to the test. That’s not Peter’s only fear. He doesn’t think he can withstand the waves and sinks in his doubt.
Do we not trust God when the waves seem to be tossing us? Do we even bother to vent to God of our fears in an effort to get to the bottom of where our fears really originate?
God always will reach to us to help us withstand the waves. Just reaching out to God to “touch the tassel of his cloak” is enough to heal us of all that ails us. So vent away! God hopes to hear your fears and calm the storms of your life, so that you might live with a little less fear and a lot more trust in the Lord.
—Mike Hayes is the Director of Campus Ministry at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.
Lord Jesus, you love us unconditionally, even when we let our fear get in the way of our relationship with you. Help us to trust you in both the big and little things in our lives, so that we can follow you more closely.
—The Jesuit Prayer team