August 2, 2022
Jesus walked on the stormy sea. He told his followers, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” In the chaos comes the presence of Christ.
In baptism, we all drown to earthly life and rise to new life in Christ. We are immersed into divine love. We let go of old ways and patterns of thinking and being. We rise into Christian life. We live in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This initiation does not leave us, it does not dry up or is not washed away in old age. We belong to him, always.
Peter was fearful of the storm. He desired to walk on the water, imitating the Master. Jesus invited Peter to come to him. Jesus invites Peter to walk across the unknown.
Even the storms of our hearts, the ones we seem to carry our entire lives are calmed in the person of Jesus Christ. God offers us trust and remedy. In the storms of overwhelming loss, fear, grief and uncertainty, we all are called to journey across the chaos and into the love of Jesus, our Savior and Way of Life.
Jesus invites us to himself. No storm can keep us from him. We come back to him daily so we may know him in chaos and in every gift of life. Our hearts are vessels of God’s love and care. We are also called to reach out and catch those who are fearful of the restless storms within them.
“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”