In Mt 14: 22-34 we read about a very important moment in the life of Jesus and His disciples and the church.

It is about the fact that Jesus can walk on water, but it is also about the fact that Peter sinks into the water. It is also about the boat. In the Bible, the boat is the symbol of the church. Jesus, the apostles and we are all in the boat, and the boat is in a big storm. The lesson is not about something that happened 2,000 years ago but about what is happening in our lives today.

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Jesus asks all of us to go on a journey of life into an uncertain trip. There are good days, but there will certainly be bad storms. When Jesus puts us on the road, He has a plan for us. He gives us a boat-the Church, to help us make the journey. He knows our worries and fear of uncertainty. We are in a storm right now with the corona virus crisis. Somehow God will rescue us when we need help. He will help because He is God, He walks on water. He says what are you afraid of? “Do not be afraid.” (V.28) Jesus wants us to know that his primary purpose is to take care of us.

Sometimes the storms of life are very big, so big that we fall into panic. When Jesus comes to us to help, we might not recognize Him. The disciples ask, “Is it you Lord?” Peter wants to make sure its Jesus and asks Jesus to walk on water also. This is the same Peter who only days before saw Jesus feed the 5,000 people.

We are baptized, have received First Communion, and grew up in the church. Yet in a storm in the world today, we keep saying, “Where is God when we really need Him? How come God did not stop the infection? Where is God when we need Him?

Living a Christian life is living in a community. It is only in the community (the boat), that we find God, peace, a lack fear and the salvation we all seek.

There is a big lesson in Peter who is walking on water because he recognizes Jesus. Peter turns his eyes away from Jesus and again looks at the storm. He sinks and might drown. The storm is a part of the normal world, which we can live in when we are with Jesus and the apostles in the boat of the church.

Peace, love and faith are all “Graces” – gifts from God. We can’t expect God’s presence in our lives if we do not even recognize Him. Some have left the boat, the church, long ago, and then expect the boat to be there when we need it. Jesus is here, but do we recognize Him?

Peter is only saved from drowning when he puts out his hand to Jesus. St Paul says that “By grace you are saved by faith” (Eph 2.8:9)

Living a Christian life is living in a community. It is only in the community (the boat), that we find God, peace, a lack fear and the salvation we all seek.

Bishop Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. AM

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