A Message from Fr. Augusty
In the Gospel of this Sunday we encounter the disciples who were terrified in the boat that was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. The boat itself is a symbol for the Church. The boat holds the apostles, and symbolically all of Christ’s disciples. The world is a sea in which the Church, like a boat, is beaten by the waves, but not submerged. The image lingers in calling the central portion of the church the ‘nave’… It also appears in the catacombs, as a symbol for the Church, which could survive any disaster. We are doing God’s work, in Peter’s boat, the Church. However, we are on the sea in the boat. It is a dangerous and storm swept place, where even seasoned fishermen can fear. Even during the struggle with the chaos represented by the wind and waves, and even with the fear inspired by the surrounding darkness, we can see the loving hand of God extended to us. We see these hands even though we ride a sea of chaos and are surrounded by the darkness of wrong. Like the apostles we find ourselves in the midst of storm but let us not be seized by panic. The only thing that we have to do is to cry out like Peter “Lord, save me,” and to see the loving hand that is extended to us. Let him enter in to the troubled boat of our lives and he will make it calm. The moment we feel that we can walk on the water without him in our lives, the moment we take our eyes from him, we are surrounded by the waves and darkness. As long as the eyes of our faith are fixed on him and we let him hold our hands, nothing can trouble us.