Matthew 14:22-33

When we have problems, when we feel like the world, our world, is in crisis, when we feel that the wind is against us, when we see that the ship of our life is sinking, it is time to taste the greatness of our faith.

After the multiplication of the loaves, Jesus commands the apostles to go by boat to the other shore of the Sea of Galilee, and Saint Matthew stresses that Jesus is to be left praying alone.  In the middle of the sea a storm breaks out. The contrast is very great: Jesus is in peace together with God, praying on the top of the mountain, and the Disciples are almost lost there below, in the agitated sea where the wind is contrary. Jesus approaches them walking on the water and this scares them even more because they did not recognize him. Jesus calms them.

Peter dares to make the crazy request too also walk on the water. We understand that Jesus walks on the sea, because he is the Son of God, but how is it possible that Peter risks asking him something similar. This is a crazy petition. This is faith. Faith is not simply resigning myself to living but feeling that I am living next to God who is at the same time the most powerful being and closest being we have.

Peter looks at the waves and the wind, and he began to sink and cries out: “Lord, save me!” Jesus assures him and reproaches him for his lack of faith. Finally the sea and the wind calmed down. The other Disciples after a stormy night, confess “Truly, you are the Son of God.