To read the texts click on the texts:1 Jn 4:11-18; Mk 6:45-52
With the exception of Luke
who does not narrate the miracle of walking, the other three evangelists do. In
Mark, the story is linked to the previous miracle of feeding the five thousand.
Jesus dismisses the crowd and goes to pray. Mark portrays Jesus as praying
three times in his Gospel. The first time is in
Three pointers indicate that
this miracle is to be interpreted as a “theophany” (a revelation of God). The
first is of Jesus walking on the water. While Mark does not intend to portray
Jesus as defying the law of gravity by walking on the water, he does intend to
show Jesus as subduing the forces of evil. In the Old Testament only God has
the power to walk on the water (Job 9:8; 38:16). The second pointer is in the
phrase, “he intended to pass them by” which is a reference most probably to God
as the One who passed by Moses (Exod 33:19–23; 34:6) and Elijah (1 Kgs
The disciples in Mark are unable to understand this theophany and respond not out of faith but fear.
It is not always the case
that the tide is with us and we are rowing in the same direction as it. There
are times when we are rowing against the wind. It is at times like these when
the going is tough, when there seems to be no respite in sight that Jesus comes
to us walking on the water and assuring us that he has and is able to conquer
all the negative forces that threaten to pull us down. He comes to us in the
darkest part of the night when nothing seems clear and visibility is low to
assure us of his presence in the boat of our lives. He comes to us with words
of comfort and hope: “Courage! I am. Do not be afraid”.