jesus-walks-on-water-1888Today’s Gospel from the Mass (Mark 6:45-52) is remarkable, for it gives insight as to how the persistence of Jesus as He softens the hard-hearted.  Mark writes:

[45] 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.  [46] And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.  [47] And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land.  [48] 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,  [49] but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out;  [50] for they all saw him, and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.”  [51] And he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,  [52] for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

Without some careful reading (and guidance from the Church), one could miss much of the great deeper meaning of Jesus’ actions as He seeks to convince the hard-hearted disciples.  Consider:

Jesus has complete omniscience and omnipotence, knowing that the disciples are hard-hearted.  Jesus perhaps also knows that many today (including us!) can be quite hard-hearted.  So He leaves us a amazing record in the Gospels where He demonstrates His Divinity, surpassing the great Moses.

Like the disciples, we too should be astounded!