Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
How are you travelling having entered once again into Level 3 restrictions and noting 36 currently (as I typing this) cases of Coronavirus in the Macedon Ranges. No-one could criticize people for feeling anxious, afraid, as well as frustrated that the first lockdown didn’t succeed. Let’s hope and pray that numbers will vastly reduce over the coming weeks. As we read and reflect on the Gospel reading today, the disciples experienced great fear and even Peter’s momentary confidence of walking on water dissipates as he becomes more conscious of danger. These are very mixed, natural and understanding human emotions. Yet God in coming to dwell among us in our humanity understands where we are at, even if as in today’s gospel he admonishes Peter by saying, “You of little faith.” In the midst of any fear it is still important to seek in our heart a moment of trust and of faith in the power of Christ to save.
May we journey well as best we can with Christ this week.
Rev Cannon Ian Howarth is the Rector of the Anglican Parish of St Paul's Kyneton and St John's Malmsbury and is the team leader of the Central Highlands Cluster.