Saturday, April 21, 2007
When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea,
embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum.
It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
When they had rowed about three or four miles,
they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat,
and they began to be afraid.
But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
They wanted to take him into the boat,
but the boat immediately arrived at the shore
to which they were heading.
Dear Father through your son you are teaching us an important lesson, one of deep faith. Jesus says to his apostles "It is I. Do not be afraid," and often we are when our own lives are in turmoil. It is then you call out to us not to be afraid, for you are near as you lead us to safety as you did that day when the apostles were afraid. Look how they arrived at the shore, miraculously. How blessed we are when we are not afraid and let you lead us by the hand in our daily life. May our prayers lessen the turmoil and bring peace to the tumult that comes and goes, just as the waves of the sea do. May our hearts be filled with an unshakable faith. Amen