4 May 2019. Saturday of 2nd Week of Easter
Reflection (Sem. Lester John D. Cabais)
Such a thrill-filled story of divine power is being shown by Jesus in today’s Gospel. We are being invited here to contemplate on how attentive we are in the daily calling of our Lord. Jesus wants us to enjoy his presence and blessings generously. It is by His words we hear every day that he speaks to us and gives us instructions on how we are going to live our life here on earth fruitfully and according to the Father’s will. His presence is a sure proof that He never abandons us. But, in spite of the many evidences He has shown to us, we still doubt when life’s storms come in. When we are dragged in some of the most uncommon areas of uncertainties, doubts and hesitations; when we are being tossed and shaken by the challenges of our lives, we doubt the presence of God. Just like Peter, when he crossed the water and felt the mighty wind, doubt filled his heart and he began to sink.
I remember when our family encountered losing three of our most beloved kin – my grandmother, my grandfather and my aunt – in just a span of two years. They had kidney failure, stroke and cancer respectively. It was hard and exhausting for everyone. But it is faith that held us together and the steady focus on God that gave us the motivation to hold on. A great tempest which shook us so great that we could have sunk if we just loosen our grip.
Jesus wants us to be attentive on His instructions in times of trouble. He’s the master who’s calling us to cross the sea of difficulties and join Him. Christ wants us to keep our eyes focused on Him as we journey here on earth. Let us not worry about the waves, the tempest and the hardest problems that we can have in this life. Christ said, “Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid!” May we always pray to our Lord that we may continually grow in faith, for it is in faith that we can find courage when we cross the stormy sea.
The Gospel Today
When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea,
embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum.
It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
When they had rowed about three or four miles,
they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat,
and they began to be afraid.
But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
They wanted to take him into the boat,
but the boat immediately arrived at the shore
to which they were heading.