THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
BELIEVING IN MIRACLES - 2
January 6, 2016
Today’s gospel: Mark 6:45-52
Jesus performed another miracle. With the disciples in a boat
“far out on the sea” (v.47), Jesus “came
toward them walking on the sea.” (v.48b). He was walking
on water, defying laws of nature and gravity.
what was the reaction of his disciples? They could not believe
it. “But when they saw him walking on the sea, they
thought it was a ghost” (v.49). Very reasonable, wasn’t
it? After all, no one can walk on water. So it must be some
kind of mirage. But then they realized it was indeed Jesus
walking on the sea. So how did they react? “They had
all seen him and were terrified.” (v.50a). They accepted
what Jesus clearly was doing, but they were bewildered, confounded,
confused, even afraid of what was happening. They could not
grasp the reality that God does work miracles, and that for
God nothing is impossible.
that is for God. How about us? In the parallel passage in
Matthew, the story goes on. Peter asks Jesus to command him
to come to Jesus on the water. Jesus said just one word, “Come,”
and Peter got out of the boat and started to walk on the
water! We can do what God does as He empowers us to.
After all, we do His work, we stand in His name,
we proclaim the good news of His Kingdom.
must go about our work with boldness. This is the only way.
The gospel cannot reach the ends of the earth with workers
who are afraid, who are confused, who do not have authentic
faith in Jesus. The kingdom of darkness cannot fall unless
it is assaulted with great vigor and determination. We cannot
advance if we cower in the face of a powerful diabolical enemy.
We should not be disheartened even as, like the disciples,
“they were tossed about while rowing, for the wind was
against them.” (v.48a). So Jesus tells us, “Take
courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” (v.50b). We simply
press on. We persevere and endure. We boldly go forth.
I want to warn you of a great danger. It is allowing what
God reveals to us to make us turn away rather than go deeper
into our faith and work. This happens when we continue to
think and see with our fallen human minds and hearts. It happens
when we continue to insist on our own ways rather than yielding
to God’s ways. When things happen that we cannot grasp,
including miracles, some decide that is not what they want,
and fall away. “They had not understood the incident
of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.”
(v.52). How truly tragic. God reveals Himself, God performs
signs and wonders, and we choose to wallow in our own perceptions
us believe in miracles, like a humble child awed by the designs
of an Almighty Father. Let us not insist on our ways with
hardened hearts. Let us accept what God reveals to us with
regard to our life and work, and never be afraid.
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