Miel is a licensed teacher, a "Jane-of-all-trades" master of none, with a passion for writing.
After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And when he had taken leave of them, he went off to the mountain to pray. When it was evening, the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore. Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing, for the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out. They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke with them, "Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!" He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were completely astounded. They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.
From the desolate place (multiplication of loaves), Jesus is sending His disciples to a desperate position; into the dark water while He stayed on the mountain to pray. Why? What did Christ want His disciples to learn?
In the gospel yesterday about the multiplication of loaves, Jesus has compassion for the hungry, but the disciples could do nothing to feed them. So, Jesus revealed that without Him, the disciples could not supply these people, could not do anything. But, the disciples didn't learn that lesson.
So, Christ called them and sent them to a desperate condition to go to the water. They wanted to avoid it because it's late and it's getting dark, so they fear it. Jesus' demand for them to go to the water is urgent to test their dependency on Him.
The disciples battle against the wind, the waves, and the darkness, but all through the night, they got nowhere.
In our trials, God reveals our shortcomings
Like the desolate disciples who could not feed the hungry in yesterday's gospel of multiplication of loaves, we could do nothing without Christ in our lives as well. We could not fill the gap that's missing in our lives, and we could not "multiply loaves" to the people around us more so to the ones we love.
All through the night, the disciples struggle amid the darkness and intense waves of the sea. No matter how they strive, they got nowhere. When we feel being caught up in an abyss of the web of our sins and wrong decisions, no matter how we struggle to overcome them and move forward, when we don't ask for God's guidance, we will never amount to go further.
In Our Desperation, God Reveals His Love and Mercy
Often, we don't call God to help us with our problems because we are stubborn. We rely on our insights and good judgment. For some, the answered prayers to our troubles, such as the helping hands that raised us and the rewards from the seeds we planted are glorified to our hard work.
Time and again, we rely on our strengths and capabilities, and yet, God never abandons His children. Whether we call Him or not, He comes to our side to calm our storms. Like the disciples who assumed Christ as a ghost when he was walking on water, there are a lot of instances when we forget it was God's grace that provided us the solutions.
We Are To Depend On Jesus
We need Christ so we can "multiply loaves" in our lives and to the people around us. Our miracles stem from Christ's infinite love and mercy. Every day, we need the Holy Spirit's wisdom and guidance so that in every storm we encounter, Christ is always with us.
There will always be that fear of the unknown. Now and then, there are uncertainties in our journeys, so we don't know what lies ahead of us. We are at times chucked into the midst of a raging storm, and we are left with no other option but to keep steady.
Our strength will always deplete on its own, but when we have Christ with us, all we need is to surrender everything and keep our faith in Him. With confidence, we will reach the shore safe and sound.
© 2020 Miel Reyes