Bishop Robert Barron | View Upcoming Sundays
August 9, 2020
Elijah is a contemplative who has the eyes to see and the ears to listen. God does not appear in the glory of the world. Rather, he appears in a silent way. Weed out of your heart all of those fears and desires that prevent you from discerning the silent presence of God.
The Church never tires of confessing the divinity of Jesus, for in that confession, the Church finds its whole identity. Over the centuries–and in the present day–many have tried to portray Jesus as no more than an inspired teacher. But the disciples who witnessed Christ walking on the water know better. They confess “truly, you are the Son of God.”
Often in the Bible, water functions as a symbol of chaos and sin: the waters at the beginning of creation, the waters of the Red Sea, the waters of Noah’s flood, etc. Just as the Spirit of God hovered over the abyss in the beginning, so the Son of God walks on the waves. This signals God’s lordship over all of the forces of destruction that confront us. As long as we look to Jesus, we can walk on those same waters with him.