19th Sunday Ordinary Time – Walk on the Water

Light shines in Darkness

The story of Jesus walking on the water leads through the churning seas to get to two hopeful places. Thalassa, “sea,” and peran, “on the other side” point us toward the light of Christ shining on all who dwell under the shadow of death.  Which is what many of us worry about these days – especially our brothers & sisters in Guam – from North Korea.

Matthew 4:15f            “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, on the other side the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”

And one key subtext – at the start of chapter fifteen, Jesus learns of the death of John the Baptist. He wants to go to the mountain to pray to deal, I believe, with this powerful foreshadowing of his own death on Calvary.  The disciples must have gotten this, too, right?

So, implicitly, Matthew contrasts John – grounded, stalwart, unwavering as a “reed [not] shaken in the wind” – with Peter and the disciples terrified in the boat.


This announcement of John’s death tested them, I believe, that they each might see whether they were grounded in the word.  Like this… which also has to do with wind:

Matthew 7:25–27            The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”


Perhaps we who profess faith in Christ are being ‘tested’ in our time by the threat of war with North Korea:  

  • Have we built the house of our faith on rock or sand?  
  • Can we believe in, hope in the light that shines on all dwelling under the shadow of death?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


composer ~ author ~ educator

Perfect Chaos

The Blog of Author Steven Colborne

Gretchen McCulloch

Internet Linguist


Joy is the product of enduring faith.


AM Roselli's art & writing site

lillian the home poet

rejuvenatement - not retirement

The Feels

Feel Good News 24/7

Elihu's Corner

press on to know the lord

Under Reconstruction

Hope isn't an emotion, but a daily choice.

Timothy R. Baldwin

teacher and writer


Sharing My Love of Symbols

The Lace In My Head Mirrors the Cosmic Mind

The cosmos is also within us. We are made of star dust. We are a way that the cosmos can know itself. Carl Sagan

Disarmed by Love

A force like no other. To be known and loved.

Live the Essentials

Mishaps and adventures of Deacon Jonas Verdeflor, an Oblates of the Virgin Mary

Post it Notes from my Idiot Boss

delivered directly to my computer monitor on an all too regular basis...

Envisioning The American Dream

A visual remix of the American Dream as pictured in Mid Century Media

Before the Downbeat

Thoughts on music, creativity, imagination, and exploring the space between the notes.

%d bloggers like this: