Dedicae of the Basilica of St. Peter and St Paul 0th Novemeber Dedicace à la Basilique de St Pierre et St Paul le 9 novembre

"Jesus called ot to them, saying, ’ Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.’
Wednesday 28 October 2015

Ac.28,11…31 Ps.97 Mt.14,22-33

Dedicace of the Basilica St. Peter and St.Paul 9th November

“Jesus made the disciple get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he sent the crowds away. After sending the crowds away, he went up to the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now some furlongs from land, was hard-pressed by rough waves, for there was a head-wind.”

Waters are are the symbol of the forces of evil and of death, the place where there are sea monsters. Walking on the waters, means for Jesus that he dominates these forces of evil, it is an anouncement of the coming Ressurection.By inviting Peter to follow Him, Jesus is inviting him to participate in his victory over death and of evil. When Peter follows Jesus on stromy waters, the wind blows, but Peter isn’t afraid of it, trusting the Word of Jesus and his example. But as soon as Peter takes into consideration the opposing currents, he takes fright and goes down. Jesus has to take hold of him by the hand to save him from drowning. We trust Jesus’ Word and his invitation to victory here below. Jesus is the first to have crossed the waters without being swallowed by the waters. Not content enough to call us to him by grace and to provide us with all the means to sanctify us,

See how Jesus runs after the lost sheep ; see how he goes through villages and towns to seek them, bring them back tot he place of Mercy..

See how he leaves th apostles to go and wait for the Samaritan at the side of Jacob’s well where he knew she would come (John, ch 4, 6s)..

See how in the house of Simon the Leper that it wasn’t to go to eat that he went, but because he knew there would be a sinner who would come there, Mary of Magdala..

See how he took the road for Capernaum to go and find another sinner in his office, : Saint Matthew, to make of him a zealous apostle, said Saint John Mary Vianney.

"In the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the sea, and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified. ’It is

a ghost, ’they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying ’Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid! ’

We too have to walk on stormy waters, confronting winds blowing in all directions. For sure, we know that Jesus conquered death and evil but he didn’t yet calm the storm shaking our boat. The storm will die down once Jesus had stepped intot he boat, which we can understand. Like the definitive encounter at the end of the time of the Church and at the moment of each of our deaths. Jesus assures us that with Him, we shall all pass through the waters of death. A man alone on stormy waters isn’t much, and humanly speaking we can understand how Peter had doubted of his capacity to cope with the elements turned aganst him. But in ths man Jesus, it is the fullness of divinity that remains, and nothing can swallow him up. God’s delicacy at our sides knows not to impose himself faced with the powers of death and of evil, it is not a sign of his weakness. It is his way of being d of acting, in the world as in our hearts to respect his creation and our freedom. With faith, it isalike the Virgin Mary at the foot of the cross, remaining standing when faced with storms, walk on the waters thanks to the grace of Jesus; but we know our poverty and littleness. The apostles are also poor sinners as we are, inscribed in daily life, they have lived the night of faith, assailed by storms. Thanks to their faith in Jesus and to their perserverance, we celebrate now these glorious men.

"Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. ’You have solittle faith’, he said, ’why did you doubt?’ And as they got intot he boat the wind dropped. the men in the boat bowed down before him and said, ’ruely, you are the Son of God!’

The power of life of the Lord Jesus does not impose with fracas on the powers of death. God’s presence is a delicate presence, one that is tenuous, which doesn’t impose itself with force, such as a eman alone and apparently fragile on an agitated sea. God’s powere is deployed in an apparent weakness, as St Paul witnesses : ’We are pressed from every side, but not crushed ; knowning only how to hope but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandonned; thrown to the ground, but not annihalated. Everywhere we go, we always carry in our bodies the sufferings of Jesus’ death, so that the life of Jesus be also made manifest in our bodies.’ Jesus walks on the waters, he is the Master of life, he

knows the powers of life that are within him, but he lets the sea and the wind to be let loose, for they can do nothing against him. In order to walk on the waters, the disciple must never wait for the end of the storm which besides will last until the end of time. The Risen Lord Jesus is the sign of our victory, it is a sign placed in the middle of history of mankind. It is an apparently weak sign opposite all the opposing winds and the agitated seas, but for the last two thousand years,he is the power of God for all those in whom they put their confidence. Ordeals, storms and finally physical death are not spared for the believers, nor for the Church.

Saint John Mary Vianney says again, ’ ’Ask Him why takes the road for Jericho ; he will tell you that there is a man called Zacheus, who is taken for a public sinner, and that he wants to go to see if he can save him. So as to make of him a perfect penitent, he acts like a good father who has lost his child, he calls out to him ’Zaccheus,’he cries ’come down, for it is in your home that I want to stay today. I am coming to grant you grace. It is as if he was saying, ’Zacheus, leave pride and his attatchment to the goods of the world ; come down, that is, choose humility and poverty.’ In order to be well understood, he said to all those who were with him, ’Today this house recieves Salvation.’ My God! How great is your mercy for sinners!’

We ask Jesus to envelop us with his tenderness so that we have nothing to fear in the mission he gives to us.