In this week's Gospel we hear the familiar passage - the disciples have gone ahead of Jesus to cross the sea in the rough waters they see Jesus approaching them, walking across the water. He asks Peter to join him, and he does, stepping out at first with no issue but then as doubt creeps in he begins to sink. As Christ reaches out to pull him up from the water he's asks "why did you doubt?"
Sunday Gospel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVy9HGr3Qig
As adults we can see the depth of this Gospel in many ways - but this week I challenge you to ask the children in your life how they picture this reading. What stands out to them, ask them to retell it to you in their own words.
When I did this with my own this week a few things stood out to me. First was my 10 year old - why did the disciples go ahead of Jesus in the boat, how was he supposed to meet them if the place they were going was so far they had to sail to get there? Never have I looked at that part of this reading as an act of such faith - not only on the part of Peter who is clearly the main figure here but on all of the disciples.
Our 7 and 5 year old discussed Jesus letting Peter sink. Would he really have let anything happen to Peter? No - they decided, comparing it to us showing them how to swim, they sink - we help them up, and they keep trying.
Such profound wisdom to be offered from the youth in our lives!
This weekend we are on a dessert hiatus in our house - though you could find many to celebrate this Sunday with (blue jello with Swedish fish and cool whip on top perhaps?!?) Due to the anticipated HOT Sunday we are planning instead water based "trust" games - It's in the hands of the kids this weekend and I'm sure they will come up with something fabulous - I hear rumblings of "walking a course blindfolded while being shot at with squirt guns" ours is not a dull faith!