Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified.
But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In Mark’s Gospel today, it is very easy for me to take the role of one of Jesus’ disciples. Before Jesus goes off to pray, he has me go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida. Once in the boat the sea turns turbulent and I begin to be tossed about, striking fear in me. What’s worse, my fear keeps me from recognizing Christ.
Oh, how easy it is to fail to recognize Christ during turbulent times. It is precisely these moments that I seem to want to take control, work it out for myself, or grit my teeth and plow right through things. Instead, I think it is precisely during the turbulence of my life that Christ invites me to place my trust in him so that I might recognize him.
What am I being invited to when things go off the rails? What do I need to do so I might recognize Christ in my life?
—Tom Drexler is the Executive Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a ministry providing Ignatian retreats to men and women experiencing homelessness.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
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