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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thursday September 29, John 6.16-21

Boat on the Sea of Galilee, AKA the Sea of Tiberias,
AKA  The sea of Geneserate

John 6.16-21

16When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.18The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified.20But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”21Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

Thoughts: Some Biblical scholars feel as if this story of Jesus coming to the disciples is actually a post resurrection story.   Regardless it is full of mystery and wonder.  And yet it is a story that brings comfort to many of us.  Here the disciples are--all alone--facing a storm, struggling at the oars and who shows up---Jesus!  He calls out for us to not be afraid and when we reach to bring him into the boat, alas our ordeal is over and we've reached the shore.   Not only is Jesus here the master of wind and wave, he is the bringer of peace in the midst of the storm.   That image alone could be the meditation of a lifetime.

Questions:   I often say that fear is the opposite of faith.  Do you agree?  

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