From the Pastor's Desk

Six and a half years ago I had the blessing of participating in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a group of priests from Chicago. My favorite place from all of the sites we visited was the Sea of Galilee, or Lake of Tiberias. We had the opportunity of celebrating Mass on a boat. After receiving Holy Communion, I was meditating, staring at the water, thinking that in the same lake, almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus walked on the water. I thought, now that Jesus is in me, in the Eucharist, would I be able to walk on the water, too, as Jesus did?

Sometimes we think that by seeing something amazing or miraculous is how God is going to show that He is with us. When we face some kind of difficulty, we like to see some heavenly sign as a proof that the Lord is watching over us. Today’s first reading from the first book of Kings gives a clue as to how sometimes God shows His presence among us, as He did with Elijah. God was not in a heavy wind, nor in an earthquake, neither in fire, but in a tiny whispering sound. Every day God manifests His presence among us in very simple and natural ways: in the smile of an infant, in the flowers of our garden, and in the birds of the sky. But, do we have the eyes of our faith wide open to recognize Him? Or like Peter, do we have little faith and doubt?

Simon Peter was doing something incredible: walking on the water like Jesus! But in place of being amazed for doing what Jesus allowed him to do, he got distracted by his surroundings: the waves and the wind. He was terrified! Then, he began to sink in the water. Because he was unable to pay attention to the amazing things he was doing through Jesus, he had to be rescued and admonished by the Lord because of his little faith.