It’s about faith, today’s scripture for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary time: In the Gospel, Jesus has gone off to pray and the disciples are on the “sea” of Galilee at night, and they are being tossed about by the waves. Clearly we all have times in our lives when we are tossed about by waves, and it is natural to wonder whether God is paying any attention, why God has left us alone. Peter sinks when he tries to come to Jesus, walking on the water like Jesus did. Jesus says: “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” If you are like me, you probably have a couple things you’d like to say about that! The message is clear: the Lord is in our storms, reaching out to help us, but He needs initial trust from us. He needs us to believe in his love and support. And there are lots of reasons we find that difficult. In the end, I think faith rests on our relationship with the Lord. Like a child taking its first step — at the risk of unbalancing and falling — it is the reassurance of a loving presence that makes it possible to launch out from that clutched table leg! Faith is a grace that comes through relationship. Lord, please give it to us in abundance!
– Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia