#ScriptureSunday: “It is I. Do not be afraid.”

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What is your “walking on the water” moment?  Sounds like a shocking question, but I promise it makes some sense in light of today’s Gospel.  The Apostles are on a boat being rocked by a storm when the Lord comes walking on the water, in the midst of the wind and waves, and invites Peter to come to Him.  But before the invitation is extended, the Lord tells the disciples, “Take courage.  It is I.  Do not be afraid.”

As He says to them, so He says to us today and every day.  “Take courage.  It is I.  Do not be afraid.”  What are those moments in your life that are tossing you about, like a boat in a storm?  What are those struggles that you face?  Whatever they may be, the Lord today is inviting you as He invited the disciples to take courage and not to be afraid.  In the midst of whatever storm you may be facing, the Lord comes walking on the water to reassure you of His presence with you and to strengthen you.

It is in this tiny whispering sound, this gentle tugging on the heartstrings that the Lord is speaking today, as He so often does.  He might not come so intensely or dramatically, but nevertheless, He is coming to you in the midst of whatever it is you may be facing.  “Take courage,” He says, “It is I.  Do not be afraid.”