Today's Gospel (Mark 6:45-52):
'After the five thousand had eaten and were filled, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to Bethsaida, while he himself sent the crowd away. After saying goodbye to them he went off into the hills to pray. When evening came, the boat was far out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. He could see they were worn out with rowing, for the wind was against them; and about the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the lake. He was going to pass them by, but when they saw him walking on the lake they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they had all seen him and were terrified. But he at once spoke to them, and said, ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.’ Then he got into the boat with them, and the wind dropped. They were utterly and completely dumbfounded, because they had not seen what the miracle of the loaves meant; their minds were closed.'
Are there timws when we lack faith? Do we maybe not believe a certain part of the Scriptures can be true? Do you maybe struggle with transubstantiation and the changing of communion bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ? Does it hurt you when you think about abuses within the Church?
If so, then Jesus speaks to you when he says "Do not be afraid".
The disciples thought Jesus was a ghost. They didn't believe it was him. He had just fed five thousand men with five loaves and two fish, a miracle, and yet they still didn't understand that they were in the presence of God. They still didn't appreciate his power and failed to realise he could do such things as walk on the water.
The disciples lacked faith, just like we do at times. And Jesus is there, standing by our side, telling us: "Do not be afraid". Why not turn to him now and acknowledge him? Tell him that you hear him and that you aren't afraid. His heart melts every time you acknowledge him, as a Father's heart melts each time his little child says 'I love you daddy'.
Take the advice of one who knows, take Jesus' advice and never be afraid.