Today’s gospel pericope begins with the dramatic exit of Jesus from the company of both his disciples and the crowd. Whenever Jesus takes leave in our lives, what else do you expect? Turbulence in our business, family crises, political crises, personal mistakes, fear, etc. The bible says: ‘They were distressed in rowing, for the wind was against them’. Yes! The wind is always against us when Jesus departs from us; when we withdraw from our usual fellowship, morning mass, bible study and every spiritual structures that help to keep us in a state of grace.
But about the 4th watch of the night (between 3 – 6am) – that time we normally wake up for our morning devotions, Jesus came back to them walking on the sea. He mearnt to pass by them until they cried out in prayer. As Benny Hiln will say about the Holy Spirit as a ‘gentleman’, Jesus only intervenes when we invite him into our house more especially when he knows we have invited the enemy before now. Well, his reply was simple but salvific: ‘Take heart, it is I; have no fear’. He restores our faith and confidence in him. Jesus is ever watchful of us in our journey upon the earth. And whenever we are distressed as the disciples were, he always comes around to restore things.
The 1st reading reminds us that ‘perfect love casts out all fear’. Perfect relationship with Christ is all I invite you to have in this new year. It will cast out all fears around you. The last words of John Wesley to his followers were: ‘The best of all is God with us’. We are always okay when Jesus is with us. He knows how to make the winds seize.
May God bless you today!
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