Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
Wicker Park Lutheran Church
Rev. Jason Glombicki
August 13th, 2017
“But when the disciples saw [Jesus] walking on the sea, they were terrified.” (Matthew 14:26)
Walking on the sea – it seemed unlikely, but it was terrifying. North Korea building its military – it seems prudent for a nation, but it is terrifying. People gathered in Charlottesville, VA – it could’ve been peaceful, but it was terrifying.
There are many things in our lives that make us fearful – war, unemployment, racism, divorce, death, marriage, children, relationships, illness, bees, spiders, strong winds, or devastating floods.
In today’s gospel, we heard the disciples’ fears. They were confused and battered by the winds; but that wasn’t the end. In that moment of uncertainty and terror, Jesus said, “do not be afraid” and reached out his hand.
At this point, I could remind you of God’s presence, God’s love, and God’s support. But today you are given more than spoken word. Today you are also given visible words.
For, in this place, we smell the bread and wine. Here, we touch God’s reconciling hand during the peace. Here, we taste God’s grace broken and poured out for you. Here, we see signs of our expansive God.
Here, now, and every day, God is with you. Amen.