“The boat immediately arrived at the shore to which they were heading.”

Related today is the disciples’ adventure as they were crossing the sea to Capernaum after dark (Jn 6:16-21).  Rowing against a strong wind and choppy sea, they see Jesus walking on the water toward them.  They are fearful until Jesus lets them know that it is He.  Then they wish to take Him in but, instead, they find themselves at the shore at once (see above).  The disciples were physically and mentally adrift (not knowing what to make of the miracle of loaves and fish they experienced earlier that day).  How did they find “solid ground”?  By eliminating fear and inviting Jesus in they immediately are on firm footing.  A fine prescription for persons of all times, places, and circumstances.  We stand with Jesus when we are squarely on the unmovable foundation of the Rock (Peter and the Church — see Mt 16:18).  Other paths leave us adrift and unsure.  But our Savior promised never to abandon us or leave us in the dark.  Love the Bride of Christ, stay close to her, remain faithful to her, turn to her when fear, doubt, or anxiety arise.  We ought to frequently recall the Lord’s words: “Fear is useless.  What is needed is trust” (Mk 5:36).  We must place complete faith in God, then we can say with the Psalmist: “I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Ps 23:4).

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