Walking on water
Matthew: 12 verses
Mark: 8 verses
Luke: 0 verses
John: 5 verses
This mega miracle astounding us all, spawning so many books, interpretation, debate, imagery, preaching and teaching – so few very short verses.
And to put that in context:
Matthew: total of 1071 verses: 12 verses on this (1.12%)
Mark: total of 678 verses: 8 verses on this (1.18%)
Luke: total of 1151 verses: 0 verses on this (0.0%)
John: total of 879 verses: 5 verses on this (0.57%)
In the context and perspective of the boys – that is just how important the “Walking On Water” episode was. A miserly “0.66%” of all the four gospels.
Their perspective. Not mine.
Because I have fed much more on those few words. I have lived much more than those few words. I have baskets of leftovers from those few words. Those verses are “fish and loaves” feeding my thoughts, connections, and living.
And yet – amidst all the maths this morning – amidst all the wow factor – that “W o W money shot”? Pfaww! Yawn yawn ….
It was something else. It was the word “immediately” –
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. – Matthew 14:22
Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. – Mark: 6:45
When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, – John 6:16
Jesus wants to be alone. Now. Right now. On his own.
This morning my morsel of fish and smidgeon of bread exploded all over the place again. More baskets of leftovers to fill.
“This is a story about peace of soul. At the end of a long day beset by crowds, Jesus does not sleep, but climbs a mountain to pray on his own. That bond with his father was the source of his strength. We enjoy the same bond, the Holy Spirit in us; we can use the same strength.” http://www.sacredspace.ie/daily-prayer/2015-01-09
This Living Word we all bang on about … ?
It really is.