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Crossing of the Lake

John 6:16-26

16 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. 18 Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. 19 So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. 20 But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going. 22 On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone 23 however, other boats came from Tiberius, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks 24 when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?” 26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.



John 6:41-42

41 The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” 42 And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” John 6:16-26, 41-41




Why did St. John record all these details about the Lord Jesus’ crossing of the sea? Jn 6:22

The details are a preparation for the question: “when did you come here?” The crowd was surprised to see our Lord on the other side of the lake when He had no means of crossing it. Again, they are not open to the possibility of Him walking on water or doing as He pleases. Since He had no boat, how could He cross the lake?


What is the Link between the Lord Jesus crossing the sea and His coming from heaven?  What is the common misunderstanding of people regarding each act?


“When did you come here?” can also mean “how did you come here?” This question can apply to His incarnation from a virgin. A miracle, accepted readily by St. Mary, who was praised for her acceptance: “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Lk 1:45)

They think that our Lord is born of physical parents, through a physical relationship. 42 And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, “I have come down from heaven’?“Jn 6:24. To believe in the Eucharist is to believe in the virginal birth of our Lord and in His death and resurrection.