Peter stood a long way off, but he probably had little choice.
Scripture references: Peter’s boat: Matthew 13:1-3; Let the children come: Luke 18: 15-17; the Crucifixion: Luke 23:33-34.
Everyone always wanted to be near Jesus. We used to try to protect him, to keep the crowds away.
I remember when he sat in my boat, just to have room to breathe!
I remember when we sent the children away. He used to get tired just like anybody else, but No, he said, let them come to me. And climb all over him, arms and legs hanging on everywhere.
Now, no-one can get near, soldiers with swords and spears hold us back while they hammer nails through him and hang him up on high.
No last minute rescue.
The whole world seemed dark.
Let us pray for everyone in prison, especially those held for no real crime at all; and for those separated from their families and loved ones, kept apart by bullying governments and authorities.
Jesus remember me, when you come into your Kingdom.
Image from Winchester Cathedral by MMB.
When we were in Scotland last year, this boat took us to Skye. The bow door opens down to allow vehicles to ‘roll-on, roll-off’ between the two Islands of Skye and Great Britain. The Highlands and Islands were both brave new worlds for me but this was an everyday voyage for the crew and many of the passengers.
When we reached Skye, the bus was waiting to take us on, as promised in the timetable; and so it went on, rain and shine, through the two Kingdoms till we were home again. When people work together they can achieve great blessings and mercies for each other.
Once a crew of experienced boatmen were surprised by a storm; their passenger slept through it all. They were worried to death; the passenger calmed the storm. (Mark 4:35-41) Our ferries today are safe, at least in Europe, but those cockle-shells and inflatables used by refugees in the Mediterranean are much less safe than the disciples’ craft on the Sea of Galilee.
Let us pray for God’s mercy that the storms of famine, war and cruelty may be stilled, allowing these people to stay at home in peace to build up their communities. And let us pray for the wisdom to know how best to help them and the courage to do just that.