Psalm 51:3-7, 12-13
Saint John Vianney, Priest (Memorial)
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. (Matthew 14:29)
Imagine the confusion and fear in a small child who is suddenly separated from his parents. They may only be steps away, but the child is filled with trepidation until Mom or Dad comes into view. Then all that fear gives way to peace.
In the midst of the storm, Jesus stood right in front of the apostles. “It is I,” he told them. “Do not be afraid” (Matthew 14:27). As Peter looked at Jesus, the storm seemed to fade away. All that mattered was that Jesus was there, defying the laws of gravity and banishing fear. In that moment, Peter’s heart was lifted above the waves, and he stepped out of the boat. Jesus became the source of his confidence and security, not the boat. Even when he turned from Jesus’ gaze and began to sink, he called to Jesus for help, and he was saved.
Our hearts and thoughts are constantly being pulled this way and that by the waves around us. It may be an illness, financial concerns, relationship challenges, or major decisions facing us. But Jesus remains the one and only constant. He sits at God’s right hand and has all power and authority. He also loves us completely. Filled with compassion and working according to his plan, he lets nothing catch him off guard. That’s why whenever we lift our hearts to him, he reminds us of who he is and all he wants to do in our lives.
It’s in these moments that our hearts are strengthened by faith. It is in these moments that we grasp that Jesus is right in front of us, always reaching out to us and reminding us of his power. We were created to know him, to see him face-to-face, and to hear his words to us.
Today Jesus is telling us, “It is I; do not be afraid” (Matthew 14:27). So respond to him today by picturing him sitting on his throne, gazing at you in love, and reaching out to help you.
“Jesus, I want to know you more. I want my heart to be so sure of you and your love that I can look above the waves in my life. Lord, you are worthy of my trust!”~WAU