A. Yes, I surely do believe! Someone once said that if you can believe in the first four words of the Bible ("In the beginning God..."), then you believe in the divine - - hence you already have agreed to believe in miracles, the intervention of the all- powerful God into our human activities! My personal belief is reflected in our Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed, which names God's omnipotence: "Almighty" (the only divine attribute named in the Creed).
Today's gospel story (Matt 14:22-33) points to the power that lies in the grasp of Jesus to provide calm even in the most adverse circumstances. As soon as he got into the boat where the disciples were, the strong winds subsided instantly and calm was restored.
God can be found in all circumstances, if we look for his presence. In the First Reading (1 Kgs 19:9-13) God revealed himself to the prophet Elijah in the "tiny whispering sound." Like Peter in the Gospel today, we can also ask the Lord to let us come to him - - and the answer is always "Come!" Whether in the turmoil of adversity and fear, or in the calm silence of a peaceful moment, God is always present to us. His arms are always held out to us, ready to embrace us. His hands were held out to us on the Cross, embracing us even then. That is Good News!
For Reflection: How strong is my faith? Have I been afraid to ask God for a miracle in my life? Do I really believe he is present to me in my most distressing moments? What can I learn from Peter's actions today? Above all, have I been another Christ for someone else, encouraging them in hard times? Have I helped them find Christ within to calm their inner turmoil?