Taste and See
Have you ever attempted a certain combination of foods? Perhaps trying something new just out of curiosity, then either falling in love with the new taste, or running to the sink as fast as you can to spit out this disgusting flavour that never should've been attempted. Yeah, we've all been there. The taste of sweets, mashed potatoes, apples are appealing to me. From the first moment that I attempted Lima beans or strawberries, I was completely thrown off, detesting the taste. You can probably name a few on both of your lists right away. We may not like a certain food, and favour another, and yet find it impossible to explain our reasoning, it's just a part of who we are, our uniqueness. Similarly, at the time of Jesus, he would do miraculous works. Some the people were in favour of, praising God's name. Others though, were completely out of the ordinary or 'unnatural ' to them, and they despised him for these works, because they could not understand or explain them. God works in ways that we cannot hope to understand completely, though we know every act is one of love, even those we cannot hope to explain. Do you embrace God's calling, even if your mission may be out of the ordinary for you?
Today's Gospel states: 'Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Beth-sa'ida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him, and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear." And he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened' (Mark 6:45-52).
Today's reading talks about how Jesus walks to the disciples on the sea. He walks out to them, calms the Waters and saves them. Some of them are amazed, praising his name, yet others are too shaken by what they've seen, not understanding, and their hearts are hardened. You may be a devoted Catholic, attending mass every weekend, praying daily, helping the needy. You may be doing your best to come back to a life of faith. Yet, when we're faced with situations that we fear, are put in a position to choose faith over comfort, we so often choose that which keeps us right where we are, not stepping out and facing what may be opposed by many, including ourselves at one point. We are very opinionated people, liking and detesting certain tastes, certain movies, certain lifestyles, especially those that are not natural or ordinary for us. God is calling each of us to a life of discipleship, which means we will need to move past comfort, and rely on God's will. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you put yourself out to a life of faith, wherever that may lead.
Today we pray:
Thank You for opening my mind and heart to You, to a life of faith. Help me to move past the mere comfort of my ordinary life, towards seeking the unordinary, Your will.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.