Jesus , in the Gospel reading for this morning, is on a boat with His disciples.
Yet the passage does not start out with all of them together on the fishing boat. Take a closer look :
” Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go one ahead to the other side…After He dismissed the crowds, He went up to the mountain by himself to pray.”
According to Scripture: “…. He came walking towards then in the sea”
Whoa! This is no ordinary person. Have you ever tried to walk upright on water? Nope, neither have I.
The disciples see Jesus walking on water towards them and they are afraid. Even when Jesus told them it is Himself, they refused to believe Him. They were so afraid, they could not, or would not see their Savior right in front of their eyes.
The Charlottesville, Virginia race riots have me afraid for the future. I fear what will happen to my sweet niece and nephew, will they be judged just because they are multiracial? Is the Charlottesville riot the beginnings of the Nazi takeover of my beloved nation?
Later on in today’s lesson Jesus chastises His friends. He says : “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Jesus is talking to His disciples, but He is also talking to me. His words, spoken over two thousand years ago in a different culture in a land across the globe still are pertinent right here and now. As a favorite priest of mine said in one of her sermons: Jesus extends a ‘tether of Love’ to Creator God. Because of Jesus, God will never abandon God’s people.
There will always be evil. But God has promised that we, by virtue of our baptism, will never be alone. That ‘ tether’ will anchor us to the One Who loves us so much that God became human. As a human, God faced evil every day of His Earthly life. he stared evil in the face and challenged it.
Today that same Jesus Who chastised His disciples for their lack of faith also chastised me. God has a plan for each of us, and no evil can stand in the way of us if we cling to that tether that is Jesus.
I will not fear the evil that is sexism as I move forward in my walk with God. I will cling to the Love of Jesus as I continue to be that example of a good person for my niece and nephew. Because God loves all God’s people; I will be the best ally for my GLBTQ friends and work with them to ensure justice and safety for their community. I will call out racial bigotry when I hear it.
I will not fear.
In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.