Why is it so hard sometimes to have faith? This is one of the questions raised by today’s gospel. Jesus, who has just finished turning a few loaves and fish into enough food for thousands, sends his disciples on a boat to go ahead of him to the next town. While they are out, the sea becomes so rough that all are frightened. They then see Jesus walking toward them on the water and become even more afraid.
But why? Hasn’t Jesus just shown them the great power he possesses by feeding the multitude? Why don’t they trust that he will save them?
The scripture tells us that they failed to understand the meaning of the multiplication of the loaves and fish, and their hearts were hardened. Do we, too, fail to recognize and understand the miracles God performs in our own lives? Are our hearts also hardened?