The One who feeds the multitude and walks on the water has the power to save. Deep in the human spirit is the belief that someone, somewhere has the power to save—to lead to the fullness of life. We can see Jesus either as an invention of hero myth or as a true and complete fulfilling of something planted in human nature by God to prepare for Jesus. How we see him depends upon our faith. The feeding of the multitude is heroic. John tells us that this is only a prelude to Jesus giving himself in the Eucharist. Jesus giving himself is the center of what he is and does.
He would make us all heroes. At the feeding of the multitude (Jn 6) when Jesus told his apostles “give them something to eat” he implies more than bread. Like Jesus we can reach out to people’s deep spiritual needs. Following Jesus is very much like walking on water. It is learning how to lose ourselves and be with Jesus. The saints are all heroes.
The setting of my life is not heroic, Lord, but your spirit within me calls me to heroism. Only you can perform this miracle in me. Only you can make me like yourself.