I was recently watching a brief television special that highlighted the achievements of young children (ages 8-12) who had been born with birth defects that impaired their abilities in unique ways. Most of the children were born without limbs, or some variation of that challenge, such that one would think that many of the usual childhood sport options would be impossible. Teamed together by Iraq war vets who had also lost limbs, these children were miraculously playing softball! Hard as it is to describe the specifics, you really had to see it to believe it. However, I am sure that as impossible as it may have seemed to them, their friends, their families, and everyone else, is as powerful as their example is to get beyond what seems the impossible. How inspiring!
I love the possibilities that this Sunday’s gospel brings us. The fact that Jesus would invite us to do the impossible with him sends us an awesome message. Jesus asks Peter to join him in walking on water. Too often we simply want Christ to help get us through the day to day of our regular lives. We imagine that we only need to accept our limitations and make due in whatever way we can. Instead, Jesus walks into our lives, even in the midst of a storm, and calls us to do something that is well beyond the pale. He wants us to live in the miracle of doing what most would consider impossible.
What is the area of your spiritual life that you have long considered too insurmountable to overcome? What is the dimension of your life that you have all but given up on? It is this very aspect of your life that Christ whispers to you to consider. As the saying goes, “If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat.” Peter sinks because he lacks faith in Christ, not because it was impossible for him to walk on the water. Let us take time to build up our faith so that our lives need not remain stuck in the seemingly possible, but might grow into the impossible – the miraculous!
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