I was walking with my friend this and we were discussing the gospel reading for this Sunday, August 13, 2017. Her question to me was, are you ready to walk on water? And my response was “Jesus didn’t ask me to walk on water!” Jesus was headed back to the boat to save them, it was Peter who asked God for a sign because he wasn’t sure it was Jesus. Jesus called him out on the water because Jesus wanted Peter to Believe it was Him.
I told her I plan to chill in the storm and believe God will rescue me. Yes, I will be praying through the storm but I want to have faith in God’s love for me and in His plan. If He calls me to walk on water, yes I am ready. But I am ok with being patient and to wait on Him. I hope that I will recognize Him and not doubt. Sometimes it is hard to know when it is God.
The gospel also reminded me of Saint Thomas who had His doubts and Jesus allowed him to touch His wounds.
More reflection needed…..
After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
and precede him to the other side,
while he dismissed the crowds.
After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
When it was evening he was there alone.
Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
“It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to him in reply,
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter,
and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But Thomas said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nail marks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”