Wednesday, January 7, 2015
But when they saw him walking on the water, they thought it was a ghost and cried out … But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I. Have no fear.” They were completely astonished. They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.
Mark 6: 49-52
Good morning, Lord. My groceries were delivered at 7:30; so I have been up for a while. I am still sleepy but I want to stay awake. Please energize me and center me in you.
The motto of one group of Christians is “Expect a miracle.” If we were to live up to that advice, we would not cringe in fear when you reveal your power, as the disciples did in today’s Gospel. How quickly they forgot the manifestation they had witnessed that very day.
The storm frightened them, but not as much as the sight of you walking to them on the water. Earlier, you had directed them to cross to the other side while you withdrew to pray. They must not have asked how you would catch up with them. Did they wonder about it? If not, I can admire their simple obedience, but why, then, are they “astounded”? Why were their hearts hardened?
I suppose that, after you had fed the vast crowd, they didn’t absorb the miracle’s significance. It was more than they could fathom. As we say today, they couldn’t wrap their minds around it. So they put it out of their minds.
I am just the same, Lord. Daily, I witness your providence, even in the most ordinary incidents. I find something before I remember that I need it. You send a friend who can help me, or one that I can help, just when I am thinking only of myself. I say a prayer and you respond immediately. Each time, I am surprised. Why? Please strengthen my faith. Make me always aware of you, always prepared for your goodness and mercy, yet never complacent. Even if I expect you to answer me, let gratitude well up in my heart.
Today, Lord, let me rely on you, look for you, and recognize you in all the miracles, large or small. Thy will be done.