(Jn 6, 16-21)
When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea,
embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum.
It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
When they had rowed about three or four miles,
they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat,
and they began to be afraid.
But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
They wanted to take him into the boat,
but the boat immediately arrived at the shore
to which they were heading.
It was getting dark and the disciples in a hurry to go to the opposite side left without Jesus. It was the prudent thing to do. Prudence is a virtue yet sometimes it does not yield the desired result. The disciples leaving without Jesus made them vulnerable and at the mercy of the elements. It was a rough sailing. Then Jesus walked towards them. For every time we are buffeted by the tempest of life, He walks towards us to calm our storms. He does so uninvited. He wants to do it because He decides to do it for us.
The disciples want to take Him into their boat. Perhaps it was a sign of gratitude and relief. But immediately, they were on shore. For Jesus does’s want to intrude into our house just because we felt obliged to do so. If He was not invited before, it does not stop Him from helping midstream. And it seemed He doesn’t want to take advantage of the vulnerable position of people. That is why He took the disciples immediately to the shore. He wants to give them a new start. And hopefully from there, they will invite Him from the very beginning and not in the middle of the journey simply because they have a debt of gratitude to pay.
Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF.