So let me ask you a question about your lives this week. Did you get out of the boat? Did you continue to pray as we did last Saturday and Sunday asking God to increase your faith? Or even better, “Help my unbelief.” I have been reflecting all week on this particular Scripture passage from the Gospel of Matthew. He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. John Ortberg, in his book, “If You Want to Walk on Water You have to Get Out of the Boat,” describes what Peter might have been thinking when he got out of the boat walking on water towards Jesus; “I can’t believe it. Nobody thought I’d actually get out of the boat—I didn’t think I’d do it myself. When I let go of the side, it was the hardest thing I’ve done. I was afraid I’d die. Yet now I find myself actually doing what Jesus is doing. I don’t know how it is working—I’m not walking any differently. Yet, something-Someone–is holding me up. I think I’m beginning to understand now. It is true: He really is the One. I don’t see how things can ever be the same after this. I don’t see how I could ever settle for life in the boat again.”

Pope Benedict XVI wrote that faith makes us light, enabling us to escape our own gravity, which drags us down. Peter’s faith was strong in the very moment he was walking on water, but we all know what happened next; a strong wind blew, Peter became frightened and started to sink, calling out “Lord, save me!” How do we gather the courage to take a risk and totally trust God? How do we know if we have gotten out of the boat? We may want to ask ourselves what areas in our lives can we not manage ourselves without the grace and power of God? Do we give up on situations that seem impossible to handle or to remedy? God asks us to come to him, to take a leap of faith but we must make a move, an action of stepping towards Him. How much faith do we need? Just enough to take that first step…then another… then another…