This Gospel provides a summary of how our faith matures: At first we are attracted to Jesus and give him a place in our hearts, trusting that our life will be better with him. For the most part we limit Jesus to our hearts. The areas of our daily life - school, business, leisure, relationships, marriage, etc. - are experienced without Jesus. Then it happens, a storm of life appears. Whether or not we turn to Jesus for help is not always certain. At some point our faith in Jesus experiences a new level of maturity when we cry out for Jesus to help us through one of the storms of life. As we go through life there are many storms and many opportunities to cry out to Jesus to help us. Usually, at some particular point, usually out of necessity, we deepen our dependency upon Jesus' saving power in the midst of a difficult storm. The Church's first great theologian, St. Augustine, wrote much about how our faith in Jesus becomes more mature. His commentary on this Gospel says, "The boat that is carrying the disciples is like the Church, tossed and shaken by the tempests of temptation, which come from the devil. But, greater is, 'He who is the Lord' (v. 30). In times of illness, troubles, and a multitude of difficulties we need to be reminded that Jesus taught that, 'God sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.' Fortunately, the storms of life can be for us Christians a great blessing. Unless we experience the storms of life, like Peter, our hearts will never truly learn to cling to Jesus as our Savior. A fearful, broken and troubled heart is the door through which Christ Jesus can find entry. Jesus, the one who saves, comes to us in the midst of our troubles saying to us 'take heart it is I, do not be afraid' (v. 27). Christ uses all the troubles of life to reveal his presence in our hearts and in the world."