The waters of life

One of the interesting features of yesterday’s gospel reading, of Jesus walking on the waters, is not so much what He did but when He did it. He doesn’t walk on the waters in the middle of the day, in the middle of the afternoon when the sun is out, when there is a gentle breeze and everyone can look out and see Him and exclaim, “Look, there’s Jesus!” No, He comes out at the fourth watch. When the wind was most boisterous, when darkness surrounded the disciples. They weren’t sure who it was. They thought perhaps it was a ghost. Maybe it was their eyes playing tricks on them.

It is also during those moments in life: dark, when we feel down, when the winds of temptations, passions seem to be attacking us from all sides, that’s when Christ is walking on those waters towards us. Calling us. Will we recognize Him?


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