YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE (Rogers & Hammerstein)

“When you walk through a storm

Hold your head up high

And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm

There’s a golden sky

And sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind

Walk on through the rain

Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone.”

One of the great stories in the Gospel according to Matthew is the story of the stormy night, when Jesus was spotted walking toward the disciples who were in a. boat that was encountering strong wind and waves; they were afraid. Peter asked Jesus to call him to walk on the water, and after Jesus told him to come, he walked a few steps and then faltered – he was deathly afraid.

Storms are part of life; they are part of creation. We encounter snow storms, thunderstorms, wind storms, sand storms, and a wide variety of natural storms that move around our little planet constantly. We also encounter storms of a different nature; war, violence, racial and sexual prejudice, divorce, cancer or disease, the death of loved ones, loss of jobs and income, and so many more. Often, when we encounter these storms, we feel alone. We become afraid that we are not strong enough; we become depressed and see suicide, or drug or alcohol addiction as a way to escape the fear and the pain. We are tempted to quit; to give up and we start to sink.

The Gospel reminds us that God is at the center of creation; a loving God that breathes life and walks with us. We are reminded that God loved creation so much that She became incarnate in human flesh to show us the way; to lead us to the mountain top and to the promised land. Jesus entered into the crucifixion in order to encounter the resurrection to new life. He left us the message – the question – ‘Why are you afraid?’

The Good News (Gospel) is that a loving, creating God walks with us; is at the center of creation, drawing all to the center. We are reminded that we are a community, united in and with Jesus, the Christ. We are in communion with one another and with all of creation; all that is coming to be. Storms gather and strike. We remember that following the storm comes the rainbow – the promise of new life. Storms are necessary; they are required for life to move forward. We are called to let go of our fear and to walk with each other, recognizing that we are part of something magnificent; awe in-spiring. We are part of the communion – the union with – all that is and that has been and that is coming to be.

Alleluia, Alleluia: This is the day the lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad

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