“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” They all thought it was a ghost, but Peter knew it was Jesus. Peter heeds the Master’s voice and stays focus on Him which led Peter to walk on water. Once he took his focus off Jesus and realized the strengthen of the wind and crashing waves, Peter begins to sink. Jesus rescues the terrified Peter and responds, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Reference Matthew 14.22-33)
These days leading up to the World Youth Day in Madrid are about being focused on the Master who walked on water. Thousands of Catholics will make pilgrimage all across the globe to gather in one place to be with the LORD. We are heeding the call of Pope Benedict XVI to deepen our faith in Madrid. We are heading to Madrid so as to run to the Lord and we will run no matter how strong the waves may be.
Growing up as a Catholic can be hard. There are stages in our lives when Faith seems so easy to accept, when Faith is questioned and at times doubted, when we return to Faith stronger then ever of our convictions. In many ways we are like the frail Peter. Yet, in the final analysis, Faith is God’s initiative on our lives, a gift generously bestowed on us by the Triune God. God has given us grace-filled days like those that will be in Madrid to come after Him even when the storms of our lives may seem unbearable. Because it is through Him that we will be nourished and given food for the pilgrimage to Heaven!
Recently, I’ve been caught up in the reality that being loved by God is profoundly beautiful and what’s just as beautiful is being awaken to the deep desire to love him in return. My prayer is that we who make pilgrimage to Madrid may find Jesus present in the celebration of the Mass, catechetical sessions, vocation cafe, in the “tiny whispering sound ” of spending time with him in Adoration (1Kings 19.11-12).
So as we will soon begin pilgrimage to Madrid may we run after God asking Him to walk on water and bath in his kindness and salvation. In Madrid, may we echo the psalmist, “I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD — for he proclaims peace. Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land” (Psalm 85). With such faith we shall indeed walk on water! With such firm faith we can exclaim the theme of Madrid’s World Youth Day: Planted and built up in Jesus Christ!