The Gospel shows us how the disciples were afraid when they saw Jesus walking on water going towards them. They thought it is a ghost, but Jesus called out and said Take heart, it is I: do not be afraid. When things disrupt our confidence, when we are scared, it is the time when Jesus will come to us. We will think this will cause us more harm when in fact, this is Jesus himself, and he comes to save us. In the case of Peter, he tested the Lord If it is you, command me to come to you on the water. Peter’s reaction shows his trust in the Lord.
- He did not know it was the Lord, yet he knew Jesus will not allow him to be deceived. It could be something else, but Jesus will not allow that thing to call Peter to come on the waters.
- Peter was asking for what is impossible: to walk on water. But he knew the power of the command of Jesus.
- When Jesus said Come, Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. Now that Jesus called Peter to come, Peter trusted the word of Jesus is enough.
We trust in Jesus even when things are not as we want them, when things are scary or when things seem dark. At one word, Jesus made Peter walk on water. But Peter had to step out of the boat so he can walk on water. God has given us all the spiritual blessings in the heavens (Ephesians 1:3). It is now up to us to respond to him in faith, trusting his word.
The First Reading shows us how Aaron and Miriam did not believe God’s word, that they were questioning God’s decision to choose Moses over them. Aaron and Miriam thought serving God depends on one’s qualification. Serving God is a gift from God. God is the One who chooses us to do what he wants. When we think we are more qualified than others in service to God, then we see ministry as one based on qualification instead of a gift. This removes God from the scene and ministry becomes one of human effort than the work of God.
Lord, teach me to believe in your Word and trust in you. Let me not see life as what I do, instead, let me see you working in my life.